Uses

πŸ–₯ Hardware

  • iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021) 16 GB RAM
  • Apple AirPods
  • Yeti Stereo Microphone

πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸŽ¨ Create and Design

  • Adobe Illustrator - For vector-based illustration and design.
  • Adobe InDesign - For desktop publishing.
  • Adobe Photoshop - It’s Photoshop
  • Craft - Simply the finest writing tool around.
  • Drafts - Writing notebook. Where ideas go to germinate.
  • Figma - UX design and prototyping.
  • Obsidian - Markdown-based personal knowledge base. I use it for work notes.

πŸ§‘πŸ½β€πŸ’» Other Development Tools

  • Dash - Documentation browser.
  • DataGrip - Cross-platform database IDE by JetBrains.
  • ImageOptim - Batch image compression. Makes optimizing image files super fast and easy.
  • Oh My ZSH - A framework for Zsh. Makes the terminal awesome again.
  • Powerline 10k - A Zsh theme for OMZ.
  • Termius - Cross-platform SSH terminal.
  • Transmit - For moving files from here to there (FTP, SFTP, S3).
  • Visual Studio Code - Code editor for just about anything (Go, React, Rust, Typescript, etc…)

πŸ–₯ Typography

  • Adobe Fonts - All the fonts you’ll ever need. Except for all the others. Because you can never have enough fonts.
  • Blambot - All the comic fonts you will ever need. But for reals, this time.
  • Floodfonts - By Felix Braden.
  • Harbor Type - A small but amazing collection.
  • Mark Simonson - Proxima Nova and other fonts that aren’t Proxima Nova.

πŸ–Œ Everything Else

  • 1Password - Everyone should be using a password manager.
  • Bartender - For managing your menubar icons.
  • Contexts - It’s CMD-Tab, but BETTER! SO MUCH BETTER!
  • Firefox - Fast browsing with an emphasis on privacy.
  • Homebrew - The missing MacOS package manager.
  • Hookshot - A mouse/gesture-based window manager. I always have one installed and then almost never use it. This I started using right away.
  • iStat Menus - Menu-bar based performance statistics.
  • Keka - File archiving and unarchiving.
  • MacUpdater - It, well…it keeps your apps up to date.
  • Pastebot - If you copy and you paste, you want a clipboard manager. Pastebot is my favorite.
  • Raycast - Scriptable, extensible app launcher geared to developers.
  • Rocket - Do you wish there were a system-wide Slack-like way to use emoji? The correct answer is yes. Yes, you do. The answer is Rocket.
  • Spark - Email done well.
  • Strongsync - A brand-new way of mounting cloud storage in MacOS. I’m super happy with it so far.

πŸ† Honorable Mentions

These are apps I used to use and would still recommend, but simply don’t fit my needs at the moment.

  • Alfred - The gold standard of app launchers/multi-tools. I used this extensively before switching to Raycast, which has more of a developer orientation.
  • Magnet - Window management. Replaced by Hookshot.
  • Nova - Code editor and extremely capable text editor for HTML, CSS, Javascript, Php, Python, Markdown, etc… I’m now using VS Code pretty much exclusively, now.
  • OmniFocus - One of the most powerful task management apps in existence. I have recently switched back to Apple Reminders.
  • Sip - A lovely color picker. Which I pretty much never actually used. Still lovely, though!
  • Tooth Fairy - Manage Bluetooth devices from the menu bar easily. Much of what I used it for is built into Monterey now.
  • Workspaces - Lets you launch multiple apps, files, URLs per project. As of Monterey, I have replaced this with Shortcuts. But if you want an app that’s way easier to use than shortcuts, this is it.

πŸ•ΈοΈ This Site

  • Hugo - Static site generation built using Go.
  • Netlify - Jamstack hosting.

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