What I use

Updated on Jul 29, 2020  |  8 minute read

The following is a list of everything I use.

I generally recommend everything in the list. I wouldn’t use them if I didn’t. That being said, there are a few products that are the best I’ve found but I still don’t particularly enjoy them. For those, I’ve made a note.

Hardware

I use a MacBook Pro 15”, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad 2. I previously used a Magic Mouse 2 (and I still own one) but it was causing some aches in my hand so switched to the trackpad which fixed it.

When I’m at home, I use an Ergotron Stand Workstation with an LG Apple Display. When listening to music, I use Bower & Wikins P7 headphones. Everything is connected to a Belkin Surge Protection Extension Lead Strip.

While working remotely, I use a Roost laptop stand. I store the keyboard and trackpad in a carry sleeve which is all stored inside of a The North Face backpack. The North Face don’t sell my backpack anymore but the Borealis Classic Backpack is the closest looking model.

I use a iPhone Xs and never leave home without my AirPods.

Software

On my Mac, I use Chrome, Spotify for music, Reminders for… reminders, Bear for note taking, and NetNewsWire for my RSS reader.

While coding, I use Visual Studio Code. I previously used iTerm2, Laravel Valet, Sequel Pro, Cyberduck) but more recently, I’ve slim down my app usage. They’re all good pieces of software so I’m keeping them here as honorary mentions.

I also use a few utility apps. Alfred for search, snippets, and a clipboard manager. 1Password for a password manager. Qbserve for observing my productivity. ColorSnapper 2 for grabbing color references.

On my iPhone, I use a lot of the same apps as my Mac (1Password, Reminders, Bear, Spotify, NetNewsWire, etc). In addition, I also use Overcast for podcasts, and Safari instead of Chrome.

I subscribe to Feedbin which helps sync my RSS subscriptions between devices. I’m a big Google Suite user so use Gmail, Calendar, and Drive constantly.

This website

This site is built with Jekyll and deployed to Netlify.

I collect analytics anonymously using Fathom Analytics. It’s an awesome little webapp that helps me learn what people enjoy to read without infringing on your privacy—Fathom Analytics collects no personal data. Shameless plug but here’s a referral link for $10 off free to try it.

Almost all of the images are hosted on Cloudinary. I manage my newsletter using Mailchimp. The code is stored in Github.

For more information, you can see my style guide.

Photography

I have an Olympus OM-10 and Olympus OM-2. I almost always use either a 28mm or 50mm lens. When I’m feeing wealthy, I use Kodak Portra 400 and for all the other times, I use Fujifilm Superia 200. I get my film processed at AG Photo Lab.

Music

I play the piano. I use a Roland FP-30 with official stand and pedals. I’m also experimenting with a Novation Launchkey Mini MK3.

I’ve not settled on any particular software but my go to are Ableton Live and GarageBand.

Kitchen

I love cooking. For how much I love cooking, I only have a handful of recommendations. My go to place is Ikea and Oxo. They both make products that offer fantastic value.

I spent far too long buying non-stick pots and pans before I discovered stainless steel. There is no looking back now. The Ikea Sensuell 4-piece cookware set are probably my most loved piece of equipment in the kitchen. I did lots of research before buying these are for value-for-money, nothing else comes close. I also like the Ikea stainless steel Koncis range. They cheap and last forever.

The Oxo Good Grips 2 Piece Cutting Board Set are awesome chopping boards. They don’t slip, last for changes, and don’t blunt my knives. The only downside is the large one is slightly too big for a dishwasher.

I often have smoothies for breakfast. To make them I use a Nurtibullet Pro. It’s a little noisy so you might want to have a look at the Nutribullet 600.

The Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender is ridiculously useful. It saves transferring food from the pot to a blender, is quick, powerful, and dishwasher friendly.

Lastly, the Oxo Good Grips Salad Spinner has been a great purchase. I can’t believe how long I spend washing salad by hand. This makes it easy and quick to use.

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