Templates for good

In terms of the various ways in which we can support the gaps in our cognition, one of the terms is ‘templates’. And it’s worth discussing what a template is, and considering them at a variety of levels. I want to suggest we should have templates for good.

What is a template? Merriam-Webster defines it as “a gauge, pattern, or mold used as a guide to the form of a piece being made”. In terms of software and business, templates are forms with some of the elements already completed. Instead of starting from scratch, pieces are already done, and there are slots for various information.

Why use templates?  With them, it’s easier to do design. They make it easy to accomplish particular goals. They can make it easy to build particular types of outputs, and make them more systematic and consistent. For better or worse.

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