Apps and tools I use as part of my work

Everything (almost) I use associated with this website and my day to day work.



I use this for the majority of design work. Managing components and libraries, prototyping and sharing is by far the best in my opinion.

Illustrator can’t be beaten for vector editing.

For all the things Illustrator and Figma can’t do—which now is mostly photo editing.


So many handy little tools that help designing. Rulers, colour blindness testing, etc. As well as the companion app xScope mirror.


A real conveient way to pick colours and manage colour palettes.


Another convenient app, it’s super smart at getting the dimensions of objects.



I write all code in Nova, nothing beats a Panic app for quality. I like vscode but not the clunky side of it.


An easy and convenient way to search documentation for pretty much every language.

Apple Terminal

I use the Panic Palette and zsh (using ohmyzsh ).


I tend to use git through the Github desktop app and terminal.


One Switch
For all of the switches that control centre can’t do.
Gifox (gif recording)

A nice menu bar app for recording gifs. I use this to demonstrate things quickly in my posts.

Like Coda, I’ve been a long time user of Things. It’s the GTD (get things done) way of working I like about it, as I’m not that organised. It’s also wonderfully designed.

iA Writer

A simple markdown editor. All posts start here then are copied and pasted into the CMS. Syncs with iCloud so I can write anywhere.


Keeping all my valuable files backed up and accessible anywhere.


A spotlight replacement for Mac, with loads of handy features and workflows. This has overtaken Alfred for me.


Averta from TDF

I use Averta for headings.

Freight Text Pro from Tyepkit

I use Freight Text Pro for body copy.

I moved this site to a static site generator its 10 year or so existence on ExpressionEngine. I chose Next.js as I felt it would be better suited for a blog over the likes of Gatsby in 2021—which has been vindicated.


One of the biggest reasons I use a static site generator is to take advantage of hosts like Netlify. It’s a one stop solution for hosting your website and it makes everything a dream.