Ask Me Anything

Ask Me Anything

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

If you absolutely had to choose a different career path which doesn't involve design (or development), what would be doing?

Creating something physical, I suppose. Does industrial design count as a different kind of design?

/

Updated 6 days ago

Do you use an iPad for designing? Any suggestions on iPad apps for designers?

I love using the stock Notes.app + Apple Pencil for sketching and writing light notes. Otherwise, everything happens in Figma or code.

/

Updated 6 days ago

I'm a coder who wants to create my own website but I'm usually stuck at the designing part, it feels like it's never good enough. Any tips?

Just keep practicing! I have been tinkering on my personal website for years and years - and I still think it's not good enough! It's all part of the fun.

/

Updated 6 days ago

How do you add things to the Bookmarks page of your site? Do you manually go in and add them of have you made a tool to add them from various places?

I technically have a locally-built iOS app and a Twilio phone number that lets me text a link to an API endpoint. But primarily I just have a form on /bookmarks that's only available to me, and it POSTs to Firebase.

/

Updated 6 days ago

Is your middle name Mc?

Spiritually, yes.

/

Updated 6 days ago

Do you have kids? ... Because I read something about 80+ hours/week. ;)

I do not have kids, and I definitely don't work 80+ hours per week.

/

Updated 6 days ago

The design of your site is pleasing at the expense of its aesthetic consensus. Why so?

I have no clue what this means.

/

Updated 6 days ago

Are you going to do any new app reviews?

I want to, just haven't mustered up the energy to start the series again. I look back at a lot of the old stuff I wrote and cringe. I'm not sure if people get the most value out of just having the archive of videos, or if my commentary adds anything material here. Let me know what you think!

/

Updated 6 days ago

I was taking a look at your site and I'm blown away with the amount of high quality videos and screen recordings. What's your workflow for getting these to look so crispy?

For all the iOS videos you can plug your phone into a MacBook and record a video of the screen directly from QuickTime. After that I ended up just uploading to Vimeo because they have the most straightforward way for me to embed the videos on my site, but still get all the benefits of performance + analytics.

/

Updated 4 weeks ago

No need to publish, just wanted to say amazing website Brian :)

Don't tell me what to do! Thank you for the kind words 🥰

/

Updated 4 weeks ago

What tools do you use to visualize your spending after tracking it over the years?

Copilot for budget tracking and day to day stuff. Google Sheets for my monthly tracking of overall financial health.

/

Updated 4 weeks ago

I love your website's style. Can you explain why are you using so many flex and flex-col ?

Probably because I'm bad at CSS!

/

Updated 4 weeks ago

How did you configure environment variables for your Vercel deployment?

I've started using Vercel's first party secrets UI at the project settings page in the Vercel dashboard.

/

Updated 4 weeks ago

What apps are you using for notes and todos? What’s your structure or setup like for these?

Things! I have a personal/life area, a work area, and a side projects area. Everything generally fits into those three buckets.

/

Updated 4 weeks ago

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!

/

Updated 1 month 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.

/

Updated 1 month ago