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Interactions Magazine: The Social Life of Marginalia

In the latest May/June issue of Interactions, Liz Danzico observes a collected history of everyday marginalia, and considers the designer’s role in extracting meaning and defining limits in the emergence of social notes. Below is an excerpt:

Traveling between home and work on a single day, I count 44 notes I’ve scribbled down. These notes are in part private, in part public, and in all parts messy. They are everyday marginalia — notes in a printed book, saves in Instapaper, lists in Simplenote, likes in Tumblr, shares in Google Reader. They are spontaneous bursts of inspiration, reading data, that I’ve come upon and don’t want to lose track of, noted and collected across media and devices. Scattered marginalia of life, saved.

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