Digital Tools

Updated February 2022



A collection of the digital tools I use on a near daily basis.



Design

Figma

My primary product design tool. Features like Auto Layout and Component Variants are must-haves.

Sketch

My tool of choice for icon design due to the superior inspector and more streamlined custom vector editing.

Blender

I turn to Blender when I need to create 3D elements and textures for icons or just to roughly model a scene to get things in proper perspective.



Development

Nova

I've been on a native Mac app kick recently. Nova is great.

GitHub

I use GitHub for all my development needs. I hear GitHub also has a great mobile app 😉

Vercel

Blazing fast, incredibly easy to manage — Vercel hosts and deploys everything I have on the web.

Plausible

Lightweight web analytics without feeling slimy.



Productivity

Things

A shining example of attention to detail, Things is what I use to implement Getting Things Done.

Obsidian

My go to note taking tool.

Fantastical

See Nova description. Fantastical is great

Raycast

Between integrations and custom scripts, everything I need is suddenly a few keystrokes away.



Reading

Feedbin

Long live RSS. Feedbin is the best combo of form + function for an RSS reader out there.

Instapaper

Anything I want to read online first gets sent to Instapaper so it can be read when I have time, in a distraction free environment, with a digital highlighter.

Readwise

Readwise is a fantastic tool to make the most out of your time spent reading. I review a handful of highlights that I save to it every day, and use the Markdown export to bring those passages into my notes.

Oku

I've been using Oku to keep track of what I am reading, what I want to read, and what friends are recommending I read. It's a great web app from an indie team.



General

Texts

This was one of those tools that I thought I didn't need, but now I don't know how I was living without.

Overcast

I've been listening to more podcasts recently and the new Overcast beta is already great and only getting better.

1Password

I get nervous when I hear a friend isn't using 1Password. Its autofill extensions make using secure passwords seamless.

Apple Music

Apple Music's focus on albums over tracks and playlists put it above Spotify for me.



Utilities

Cleanshot

By far my most used utility app. Cleanshot has an insane amount of great features and just works seamlessly. Not sure how I managed screenshots before it.

Bartender

I'm somewhat obsessive about keeping my technology neat and tidy. Bartender is a must.

AirBuddy

Another 'I don't know how I lived without this' app. It makes swapping AirPods over to my Mac 1 click, and seamless.

Deliveries

I can be incredibly impatient when it comes to package deliveries. I'm not sure if Deliveries is good or bad for me but I love it.



Have any tools you think I should try out? Send me a recommendation!

© 2022 Gavin Nelson