Digital Tools

Updated May 2021

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

VS Code

It's hard to beat the plugin ecosystem and the settings profile syncing to other VS Code instances such as Codespaces.

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

Obsidian

My go to note taking tool. It's just an interface on top of local Markdown files and is insanely customizable.

Things

A shining example of attention to detail, Things helps me get things done.

Cron

Cron is a beautifully designed, keyboard driven calendar app that makes manging my schedule a breeze.

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

are.na

"For one, there’s a self-discovery that happens when you revisit things you’ve accumulated over a period of time. You look back and begin to recognize patterns in your own thinking."

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.

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.

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

© 2021 Gavin Nelson