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Who am I?

Almost every­thing you need to know about me and my cur­rent work can be found on the homepage or under one of the menu options above. Please feel free to send me an e-mail or con­nect with me on Twit­ter any­time.

Design

This web­site is type­set in Lyon, a contemporary book typeface, designed by Kai Bernau and licensed from Commercial Type. Lyon is accompanied by Inter UI, a typeface crafted especially for screens, designed by Rasmus Andersson and available for free. For monospaced text used to typeset commands and code blocks iA Writer Mono is used; this is one of three typefaces designed for iA Writer on which I pen my essays (see below).

This web­site is type­set in Minion, my absolute favourite typeface of all time. It is accompanied by the simple but elegant Myriad. Both typefaces were designed by Robert Slimbach and are licensed from Adobe.

If you want to complain about how Minion is the ‘default’ typeface these days I have only two things to say: (A) It does not matter because I love this typeface; and (B) it is not the default for the web and this is a website, which should tell you this was a conscious choice of typeface.

Workflow

Writing

Ever since I switched to a predominantly iPad-based workflow I have found writing for and updating information on this website to be incredibly simple. Since I use the JAM Stack with Hugo, Github and Netlify (see below) the app I use to sync for git is the excellent Working Copy. This maintains repos locally on the iOS Files app.

I write almost exclusively on iA Writer on iPad which updates markdown files directly in the iOS Files app, which means it updates my local repo directly with no fuss. A combination of iA Writer and Working Copy means no duplication and perfect synchronisation.

Some files are hosted on Google Drive (I quit Dropbox after their unreasonable price hike) rather than in my repo, and this too can be managed straight via the Drive app on iPad or, sometimes, the iOS Files app.

Maintenance

Maintaining the site via code is, however, restricted to my Mac. Updating, testing, designing and improving are all done using Terminal and Github’s wonderful Atom code editor. Part of the reason why Hugo-based development is restricted to my Mac is the fact that iPadOS does not support running a local server yet.

Compared to my past workflows I find this to be mature, streamlined, simple and straightforward, which makes maintenance and updating (including writing new stuff) easy and incredibly quick. That last part—a quick workflow—ensures I can focus on my main work while caring for this website without sacrificing time or effort. To those of you who e-mail me asking how I manage all this, the answer is simple: find a workflow that is efficient for you.

External credits

While nearly all content on this website is my own, I enjoy highlighting others’ works when doing so is legally permissible—or I have permission—particularly in the journal: the cover images for nearly every essay showcase a related work that I like from other artists.

Due credit is provided in all places where others’ work but my own is used. If your noticed that your work was used but not credited to your satisfaction please write to me and I will quickly set things in order.

Set-up

This is a static site built on a Mac with Hugo. Content is hosted on Github and Dropbox and served by Netlify. E-mails are handled via InMotion Hosting in Los Angeles, California. Fonts for social icons and other links in the footer is sourced under license from FontAwesome.

For its first ten years this web­site ran on Word­Press, the excel­lent, free open-source CMS. Between 2017 and 2019 it ran on the much slim­mer, quicker, more straight­for­ward (and data­base-free) system, Kirby. In an attempt to avoid Kirby’s license fee inflation and migration headaches from v2.0 to v3.0 I decided to move to a static website model powered by Hugo. This has proved to make writing, and website management and design, a pleasure once again while also giving me plenty of time to focus on my other interests. Plus, Hugo lets me edit this site completely offline which is great if I want to put in a few minutes of work while on the go.

Third-party

See also the privacy policy.

Icons used on this website are sourced from FontAwesome.

This website uses Google Analytics for anonymised visitor statistics and to keep track of any breakages on the site. If you subscribe to my newsletter you will be part of a Mailchimp-powered newsletter management system which is safe, secure and private.

This website also has full SSL to ensure you are always on a secure connection. Read more in the privacy policy.

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