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Uses

A somewhat comprehensive list of tools, apps, hardware, and more that I use on a daily basis to design and code things.

Design

  • Figma is my primary tool for UI design these days. Made the switch from InVision in 2019 and haven't looked back. I've also created a few plugins that you can install.
  • Any motion graphics I create are created in Adobe After Effects. So far I haven't found a non-Adobe product that's as good. If anyone has suggestions please message me.
  • For any 3D models I use Blender. Since 2.8 it's become way simpler to use and in a lot of ways better than expensive paid tools like 3DS Max or Maya.

Development

  • I use Visual Studio Code as my text editor, with the Base 16 Tomorrow Dark theme and Jetbrains Mono as my typeface of choice.
  • Firefox Development Edition is my main browser for both development and general use.
  • React is my front end JavaScript library of choice. The component-centric mental model is the first thing that truly made sense to me as a designer.
  • For 3D effects and image shaders, I use three.js. It has a bit of a learning curve, but you can do some really powerful stuff with it. I am an active contributor in the WebGL and WebXR space, where I have made and collaborated on some abstractions. You can check out some of my experiments and articles about it.
  • For CSS I've used a myriad of pre-processors and css-in-js solutions like styled-components, but these days I'm using vanilla CSS with PostCSS to get upcoming CSS features today.
  • For JavaScript animations I use Popmotion Pure 8, it's a great way to add spring animations to three.js. All other animations are CSS with React Transition Group for enter/exit transitions.
  • For building and testing UI components in isolation I use Storybook. Check out the storybook for this website.

Hardware

I frequently work in the 3D and recording space, so my setup has had to keep up with it. This is the setup I use for my work, from design, development, modeling, to playing, recording, and mixing music.

CPUAMD Ryzen 7 3800x
GPUNVIDIA RTX 2070
KeyboardKeychron K8
MouseRazer DeathAdder Elite
HeadphonesBeyderdynamic 770 Pro
MicrophoneLewitt LCT 440 Pure
InterfaceFocusrite Scarlett Solo