I'm inspired quite a bit by Steve Lacy's talk on how the tools we use to build things are much less important than the things we build with them. I mean, the dude wrote a song entirely with GarageBand on his iPhone and was nominated for a Grammy, so there's probably some merit there.

Therefore, this page exists for me to document and later reference why I enjoyed the tools I created with at a certain point in time. These things aren't important, it's just for fun 🥳.


  • PC:

    i9-9900k, GeForce RTX 3060TI, 32 GB of RAM, 2 TB m.2 SSD

    This is the first computer I ever built, and it's so much fun to use. Being present for and having to deal with this nonsense to get my GPU was worth. Prior to this I was using a laptop that got hotter than the surface of the sun while browsing the internet, so it's a big upgrade for me.

  • Monitor x2:

    LG 27GN950-B

    My first 4k monitor. works great for graphic design, video editing, gaming, etc. I spend a lot of time in front of a screen as a byproduct of work, so it's nice for my eyes not to be dying at the end of the day.

  • Keyboard:

    Logitech G915

    Snappy mechanical keyboard. What drew me in was the construction quality and the macro assignability. It's as helpful as I expected to be able to shortcut a few commands while working.

  • Mouse:

    Logitech G502 Hero

    Really nice-feeling mouse. I think I might have enjoyed the wireless version better, but no complaints after several years of use. Wheel goes brrrr.

  • Headset:

    Logitech G Pro X

    Audio quality is clean and the mic is solid. I'll never go back to a wired headset.

  • Webcam:

    Logitech Streamcam

    With all of my work being remote, it's nice to have a reliable webcam to join virtual meetings with clients and such. I can see this webcam lasting me for quite a long time.

  • Desk:

    Autonomous Smartdesk

    I got my desk pre-COVID when WFH prices were much more reasonable. I wanted a standing desk since sitting all day kills my back, but I didn't like any of the tops (and they were significantly more expensive that way). I opted for just the base and built the top out of poplar.

  • Chair:

    Autonomous Ergochair Pro

    Very good quality chair. It's certainly improved my posture and alleviated back pain from sitting too long.


  • IDE:


    This is the only text editor I've ever used, so I don't necessarily know what I'm missing, but I also haven't dove into the apparent chaos that is vim. The community is mature and there's been an extension for anything I've wanted so far.

  • Theme:

    Panda Syntax

    The theme I use fluctuates a lot, but Panda is the one I've stuck with the longest. I like the amount of contrast for important pieces of code and soft colors for things that don't immediately need my attention.

  • Font:


    Very easy on the eyes, and I like the use of ligatures on things like fat arrows and triple equals.

  • Browser:


    Using a Chromium-based browser makes a lot of sense and seems to be standard practice, but I value my privacy a lot. Brave seems to be the best of both worlds. Let's see if they can manage to stay that way 🤷‍♂️.

  • Code repository:



  • Tunneling:


    Helpful in a development environment for verifying webhooks, setting up OAuth, handling payment wallets like Apple Pay, etc.


  • Vector editing:


    I hate Adobe, but this is their best product in my opinion. I use it for creating logos and graphics, modifying .svgs, etc.

  • Raster editing:


    I jump into this one less often since I prefer working with vectors whenever possible, but I know my way around it.

  • Video editing:

    Premiere Pro / After Effects

    I can crank out a product demo video or advert with minimal Googling.

  • UI / UX:


    Bet you thought I was gonna say XD, huh? Figma is one of the most performant, intuitive pieces of software I've used.

  • Vector optimization:


    Great, simple tool. I use it on pretty much every .svg I deal with.

  • Raster optimization:


    The best raster optimizer I've found, and free.

  • Icons:


    I'm a huge fan of this design system in general, but the pack is very polished and easy to use. The style works well with the types of sites I tend to create.


  • Hosting:


    I've hosted most of my Gatsby.js projects here, but I'm slowly making the switch to Vercel for static sites since they have a better free plan and d a r k m o d e.

  • Hosting:


    Generous free plan, plays nicely with SvelteKit projects. seems to be one of the go-tos with developers for hosting nowadays.

  • Hosting:


    When I started using this, it was awesome. Years later, it's virtually unchanged, yet somehow not awesome. I see reports of issues quite a bit, like outages or .env variable leaks. Since I've gone serverless on most of my projects, I don't have a huge need for their services, but I forsee myself trying to find a better product in the future.

  • Domains:


    If I don't buy the domain directly through the host, I'll usually get it here. I've never had any issues and everything works like it should.

  • CI:

    Github Actions

    My CI experience is mostly limited to running unit tests this way. I'm always learning more, though, and am open to a better CI/CD pipeline if you wanna drop a rec .


  • Team communication:


    Clean interface. Helpful for keeping track of communication and consolidating user interactions with my apps via webhooks.

  • Password management:


    I reused the same password on all services like an idiot until my Chipotle account got compromised and someone ordered a metric ton of burritos with my card. Switched to Bitwarden, re-created insane 40-character alphanumeric passwords, never looked back.