My favorite tools and software.
Add a little bit of extra privacy to your internet browsing.
Everyone should be using a password manager, and 1Password is the best option.
A simple but powerful Spotlight replacement for macOS.
The best 3rd party Reddit app on the App Store.
My preferred way to engage with fiction books – get a good narrator, and it’s unbeatable.
A lightweight Safari extension (for macOS and iOS) that blocks 3rd party trackers on the web.
A beautiful application to keep track of personal relationships over time.
The no-brainer replacement for macOS screenshot utilities.
Game over. They solved coffee. Once you try it, you’see what I mean (I’m on the light/medium roast variety subscription).
A must-have color and accessibility tool for interface designers.
The most polished and functional budgeting app on the market.
Cypress makes it really easy to automate website testing.
Halide gets you the most out of your camera. Darkroom gets you the most out of each photo.
A solid journaling app that gets the basics right, with a few cool bonus features like "On this day."
Dependabot keeps all of my project dependencies up to date every week, saving me time and frustration.
It’s not often that you find software that truly feels like magic. Descript is magic.
A no-brainer upgrade to the macOS system Calendar app.
My favorite analytics tool for my personal site and side projects. Fathom is fast, easy to use, and privacy-first.
A gorgeous open source icon set – easily grab SVGs, or integrate it directly into your React project.
Figma is my design tool of choice. Features like Auto Layout v3 and Variants make it really fast to iterate and explore while designing interfaces.
A simple writing surface with API access to my content.
Enter as a movie, leave as a gif.
I work at GitHub, so I’m definitely not biased! I use GitHub Mobile every single day to keep up with my work and side projects.
Quit Googling for unicode characters!
If you are a creator and want to sell something online, Gumroad will have you up and earning in minutes.
Halide Mark II
The gold standard of camera applications.
In the Age of Zoom, always have a mirror handy.
When I’m writing notes, performance reviews, or show notes for Design Details, it happens in iA Writer.
The best way to know what’s happening inside my computer at all times.
For quick screen recordings and movie conversions.
The true way to make great presentations.
The best place to find and organize your movie watchlist.
Who knew that screen recorders + a profile overlay could be so fun?
Learn the keyboard shortcuts and master your window organization on macOS.
This is my answer to Twitter FOMO: I set up a daily digest with the top links and best tweets from all the people I follow. Simple. Easiest $100/yr subscription to justify.
My go-to RSS reader for macOS and iOS.
The best way to build modern React websites.
A beautiful and simple app for tracking my reading list. It has light social features that help you discover new books to read, too.
Outlook for iOS
The best mail and calendar combination app on the App Store.
I never thought I needed this until I tried it. PixelSnap is a great utility in the designer’s toolbelt.
Pocket Casts is the best podcast client on the market. Automated lists and per-podcast playback controls are just what I need.
A simple, but powerful, tool for sending transactional emails.
An essential tool for designers and developers working in the Apple ecosystem.
The best way to set up multi-room, multi-player, multi-service music experiences at home. One you’ve fully committed to the ecosystem, it’s magic.
As far as I can tell, the best music discovery and recommendation service available. I basically live in Spotify’s personal playlists.
A compositional CSS framework that makes styling websites easy. It’s like writing CSS on steroids.
This is my new default email client for macOS. I love the batches feature and minimal UI.
Things is my second brain. It’s the gold standard of software design: fast, fun, easy to use, beautiful, with a complete cross-device story.
Tweetbot for macOS
A streamlined, beautiful, multi-account Twitter client for macOS.
Everything I make on the internet lives on Vercel. Vercel is the gold standard of developer tools.
My code editor of choice.
About these links
I only recommend apps and tools that I use every day and think are excellent. Nobody is paying to be on this list.
However, some of the links above are affiliate links. If you don’t want to click them out of principle, I understand. Any affiliate income earned goes straight back into powering this website and my other side projects: servers, storage, domain names, and other operational costs do add up.
My stack is a curated list of tools and software that I use daily. In general, less is more. But I’m always interested in discovering great new apps and tools – let me know what I should check out.