Alexander Obenauer

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Interfaces we think with

How might the interfaces we think with better serve people’s daily lives?

In my current work, I’m exploring new and renewed ideas for how personal computing can better serve people’s lives — expanding opportunity, agency, curiosity, and creativity.

WonderOS poster


OLLOS logo

OLLOS explores interacting with items across the dimension of time.

Published in lab notes and a member essay.

Tag Navigator explores views that organize items by their cross references.

Published in lab notes and open sourced on GitHub.


Embark: Dynamic docs for making plans

Teaming up with research lab Ink & Switch, Embark explores one way personal computing might be reorganized around reusable components which users can commingle and remix. With Paul Sonnentag and Geoffrey Litt.

Other projects

Songs I’m Made Of

A radio-style show with songwriters, where we discuss and play their songs and the ones that inspired them.

Simple Habits

A simple habit tracker with widgets for iPhone. You can read my Twitter thread for more context.

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A faithful remake of AOL Instant Messenger — the sounds, away messages, animated buddy icons, and all — made available during 2020’s early lockdowns to connect the world's socially isolated.

You can read my article or the Nylon article for more context.

Acquired by a new owner in 2021.


Products from earlier phases of my career, some of which endure: Mail Pilot is an email client that introduced lots of new ideas to email over a decade ago, which have since become common in most email apps. Similarly, Throttle is a service that is the home for emails which shouldn't be in your inbox, using unique email addresses per sender. Finally, Symphonies is an app that lets you organize your tasks by date.


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