Creating a Living Editorial Style Guide for Agile Projects

A lightning talk given at World IA Day DC 2020.

The Talk


In agile we often wait until the end to document. But when creating content in an agile process, a living style guide can be an incredibly useful tool for making sure that content remains cohesive and consistent.

Using a recent project as a case study, I walked  through some of the main principles of creating and maintaining an agile, living style guide, including:

  • What makes a style guide alive?
  • A style guide MVP
  • Recognizing what belongs, and what doesn’t
  • Resolving conflicting ideas

World IA Day

World Information Architecture Day is a one-day annual celebration held in over 60 locations across the globe.