Colophon / Things Used


Most things used here are overkill for a simple blog, but it was a great excuse to learn a few new things along the way. After everything is setup I can make most content updates from my laptop, tablet or phone - which is cool.

  • Created on 03/05/13 in Akron as an Animated Gif repository.
  • Made on 09/11/15 in Toronto on a phone with Wordpress.
  • Redesigned on 05/05/17 in Lakewood with Craft CMS

General

Alfred

Shout out to Alfred and the many workflows I use every single day and the snippets are only a system-wide variable away. 

Harvest & Office Time

Harvest is an awesome app for time tracking that makes your life a lot easier - but I still use Office Time for some of my freelance clients because their info is already in there and I paid for Office Time a long time ago and it's still working fine for me. It's not as robust as Harvest but it does the trick when I'm only one person and billing a small company.

Mechanical Keyboards

My daily drivers have been: Varmillo VB87M with Cherry MX Blues (At home) & Das Keyboard Ultimate with Cherry MX Browns (At the office)

Building

Adobe Products

This one is a given, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects, Media Encoder, etc.

Yeoman

Beginning a project and setting up yet another thing with the same structure as the last project is a huge bummer for me. At Sprokets, we have a pretty cool Yeoman generator to set everything up and get moving quickly.

Atom

My favorite text editor as of lately, but Sublime Text is a close second.

iTerm & ZSH

iTerm with oh my zsh to me, is a little nicer to use than bash. ZSH has some handy little features. Also, it has so neat themes and plugins.

Grunt

The task runner of choice. I'm yet to try gulp or anything else, mostly because Grunt can do everything I need it to do right now. As long as it's working and fast enough, it works fine for me.

Git & GitHub & Tower

Using GitHub has been a pretty awesome experience - both for the version control, obviously, and for keeping track of the project along the way. Tower is a GUI app and makes things much easier to use (hotkeys, aw yis).

Bootstrap

It makes getting things up and running really quick and it makes writing CMS-friendly HTML pretty easy too. The Sass version is my flavor of choice.

SCSS

Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets have been my choice in CSS preprocessors for a while. I love the variables, mixins and nested styles. There are a lot of pretty neat things to do with sass and it feels like I'm always learning something new.

Rsync

I'd love to use a service that deploys from GitHub with manual/auto deployments, but I cant justify spending the monthly subscription when the only sites I'm running are just with me making the updates. It would be nice and its definitely on my radar.. rsync works pretty well for the time being too (and it's free!).

Maintaining

Craft CMS

Craft is one of my favorite CMSs right now - I use to be into Wordpress, but it seemed like it had too much stuff I didn't need right out of the box. Craft gives you the bare bones tools to make some pretty cool stuff and lets you make whatever needs to be made. 

SEO Matic

A craft plug in that if configured and used correctly, lets you control your website SEO in some pretty cool ways.

Google Analytics

This one is a no-brainer. Knowing what is happening on your site is insanely useful.

Google Search Console

Just as the above lets you know whats going on with your site, the Search Console is your HUD for Google search queries and general SEO-type stuff. 

An endless amount of updates

Because the mail never stops. This one isn't a tool or anything cool to implement but it might as well be included on the list. This is one of those things you always have to keep up on because things update so damn much - but its also a great excuse to push up features or changes "since I have to make a new release anyways, why just do that thing right now"? So in a way, it is a great tool.