Ask Me Anything

Ask Me Anything

Just for fun! Questions will be visible after I’ve answered.

Do you have any recommendations on building a good CMS system like yours?

I use a mix of tools like Ghost (for writing) and Firebase (for a database). All my code for this site is open source – feel free to poke around and see if anything is useful!

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Updated 2 weeks ago

What do you think of Airtable? Are there any spreadsheet tools you'd recommend?

I haven't used Airtable much at all, so no strong opinions! People who use it as a database seem to love it, though, so I might poke at it someday.

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Updated 2 weeks ago

How do you bookmark stuff?

I use browser bookmarks for things I need to navigate to ~3+ times per week. I have them grouped by project. Safari's autocomplete is generally good enough that I don't need to actually click through the directories.

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Updated 2 weeks ago

How many hours are you working in a week? I include work being your day job and doing things like this blog or side-projects.

It certainly fluctuates. If I'm deep in the weeds on a side project – like I am right now with Staff Design, then easily 80+. But when I'm not busy with a side project, the schedule is very chill.

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Updated 2 weeks ago

Who do you think is really nailing the developer experience right now? Aside from Github :)

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Updated 2 weeks ago

I apologize in advance if this has been answered, but... should designers code?

Yes.

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Updated 2 weeks ago

Have you ever thought about monetizing this page in some sort of way? (Ads, sponsored blogs, affiliate links, etc)

Not ads or sponsored blog posts, but I do have a couple affiliate links sprinkled throughout. The key thing is that I only use affiliate links for products I stand behind personally, and use every day.

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Updated 2 weeks ago

How do you create your posts on the β€œWriting” section? Do you have a separate UI for that? Do you use Markdown and upload directly to Firebase?

I wrote a bit about my setup here. Tl;dr: I use Ghost as a headless CMS.

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Updated 2 weeks ago

I have not been consistent in writing but I want to. What do you suggest for inspiration and motivation?

I wrote about this here: https://brianlovin.com/overthought/reasons-you-arent-updating-your-personal-site. My advice: reduce the friction to writing as much as possible, always be pre-writing, or taking notes.

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Updated 2 weeks ago

My goal this year is to go from 0 β†’ πŸ’― in learning React to build my personal website. Any recs for resources to get started? I have rudimentary knowledge in HTML and CSS and my current personal website is a big jumbled mess of both.

Best of luck! React is a powerful abstraction, I find it to be really fun to work with. I would just start with the official React tutorial. All of their documentation is fantastic, and should get you started. Keep learning vanilla JS on the side, too. React is just JavaScript at its core!

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Updated 4 weeks ago

Do you have any good product ideas to build?

Not really. At work, of course, there are problems that are interesting and I want to work on. But there's not a new product idea in the back of my head right now.

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Updated 4 weeks ago

Can you share you favorite design inspirations?

Check out my bookmarks page for things I'm reading, or websites I find interesting.

Otherwise: I try to follow people on Twitter who build cool things. There's always interesting new projects to discover every day.

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Updated 4 weeks ago

What do you think about the future of product design?

The future is bright! The leverage that designers have over the world is incredible – I hope more people will become product designers to solve more and more problems.

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Updated 4 weeks ago

What is your biggest goal in life you are yet to achieve?

Going to space would be incredible.

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Updated 4 weeks ago

You have mentioned a good design can be created with spacing system. Do you know any resource on this or a guide to learn more about spacing systems as a developer?

Check out this post on the 8 point grid.

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Updated 4 weeks ago

If possible, could you make stats like page views, average duration spent on your site, etc publicly available? Or if it is already available, where can I view it?

I'm not sure there's anything to be gained by anyone for sharing this. The numbers are only interesting for me to figure out what resonates most with people, but in general it's all vanity numbers 😊

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Updated 4 weeks ago