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Published November 20th, 2020 5 minute read

It's that time of year! That exciting time of... new stuff? In this week's article, we'll take a departure from the normal coding and design writings to explore why getting a new laptop seems like such a big thing in my world.

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Published November 6th, 2020 14 minute read

Recently I added a signup form for my email list to the site. Using ConvertKit's API, Tailwind CSS, and AlpineJS and the Javascript Fetch API made it easy to whip up. The result is a form that's much more customizable than the embeddable forms provided by ConvertKit. This article breaks down how I did it, and how you can too.

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Published October 30th, 2020 4 minute read

This week I launched my first digital product — a landing page UI kit for Figma. Launching a product is something I've wanted to do for years, but I never actually committed and did the damn thing until now. I've been working on a few things, but The 14 Day Product Challenge from Gumroad inspired me to stop wishing and start finishing. I'm certainly no expert at any of it, but I've learned a ton already, and I'm just getting started! I thought it'd be helpful to share some mistakes, lessons, and thoughts on the experience. Here we go!

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Published October 23rd, 2020 3 minute read

Using Figma isn't difficult, but when you can use it efficiently, it becomes a heck of a lot more fun! The following tips will help you improve your workflow. The faster you get, the more productive you are, and the more fun you can have while you create cool stuff. Enjoy!

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Published October 16th, 2020 4 minute read

Figma is a badass collaborative design application. It may seem simple, but there's a lot of power hidden in that simplicity. After years of working with it, I've picked up a handful of practical tips. In this article, I'll share some of my favorites with you.

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Published September 29th, 2020 12 minute read

It's no secret — I'm a huge fan of Alpine. For me, it hits that goldilocks zone between minimalistic and powerful. Alpine is straightforward to get started with, especially if you have a VueJS background. However, there are a few hidden features (okay, they're documented, not actually hidden) that you may not notice if you're just quickly scanning the readme.

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Published September 25th, 2020 8 minute read

Vim can be a polarizing editor, and while it may seem cryptic when you start, it can be incredibly powerful. Many folks never bother to learn vim, which is a shame. Some people go crazy with vim and make it their primary editor. For me, the sweet spot is somewhere in the middle — using another editor with some vim sprinkles. If you're not familiar with vim, and you're looking to level up your ninja editing capabilities, this is the article for you.

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Published September 17th, 2020 12 minute read

All too often, we settle into a git workflow that gets us by, but we stop there. When was the last time that you improved your workflow? This article will show you how I've supercharged my git workflow and explain how you can do the same. ⚡

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