This website is set in 20/28px Ivar Text, a typeface I fell in love with at first sight (but then spent a few weeks over the end of 2019 test driving). It made its first appearance on this site in time to mark the start of the roaring ’20s. Another personal reason why I picked it was because I could not decide, for over a year, between Minion and Lyon, so I decided to scrap both and look at the design with a fresh eye. Ivar was my only choice.
What I like about Ivar most are its forms, its balance between functionality and quirks, its colour on the screen and the x-height that makes reading a breeze. It plays beautifully with the accompanying typeface Lab Grotesque, a typeface that drew inspiration from the grotesques born at the turn of the 1900s, which was originally designed for Stockholm Design Lab, the famous design house that has worked with several big names, from The Nobel Prize to Coca-Cola to H&M to Volvo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Icons used on this website are sourced from FontAwesome.
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