My digital stack

I've always been a fan of “What's in your bag” posts. Understanding how others structure their work and seeing what gear they use daily is captivating to me. As I work from home, and bags aren't a considerable topic for me at the moment (specifically work-related), let's do something different. Here is a collection of the digital tools I use on a near daily basis:

Design

Figma

Figma is my design tool of choice for some years now. I use it daily, and it is great, especially for collaborating with colleagues.

Loom

Asynchronous communication is essential in a remote work setup. Loom makes it easy and convenient to record quick video explanations about challenges, ideas, or updates to share with my team.

Contrast

A tiny macOS menu bar application to quickly check WCAG color contrasts.

Sim Daltonism

A great tool to visualize colors as they are perceived with various types of color blindness. I use Sim Daltonism often during my design process to check bigger pieces of a user interface or component.

Eagle

The place where I save visual references or inspirations for later use. With Eagle, everything gets saved on my machine, no cloud service or external servers necessary.

Development

VS Code

My code editor of choice — nothing more, nothing less.

Netlify

The place where I host most of the sites I have on the web (this one is the exception).

Kirby

The CMS that powers this very site, and my natural choice for building websites that need a CMS-based backend or a bit more dynamic functionality.

11ty

For all other sites I have on the web, I use 11ty as my static site generator of choice. Fast, simple and just beautiful to use.

Plausible

A tiny analytics tool for my websites. Made and hosted in the EU. 100% self-funded and independent.

Productivity

Obsidian

Basically, my second brain and in-depth knowledge base about all the things. Local markdown files and powerful customization options make it one of the greatest apps of the past years.

Things

Currently, my getting things done app of choice. So simple, so beautiful, and it has everything I need to get things done.

Raycast

A fancier and more powerful macOS Spotlight alternative with numerous options for additional 3rd party extensions.

Fig

I love the terminal and CLI tools, but I often struggle with using the correct commands. Fig adds autocomplete support into my terminal and makes me a fast and happier terminal user.

LanguageTool

LanguageTool is my trusted writing companion and helps me find silly spelling mistakes.

Reading

NetNewsWire

A free and open-source RSS reader I use daily. With iCloud sync enabled, this is all I need from RSS. RSS is love.

Instapaper

Everything I want to revisit or read later gets sent into Instapaper first. Based on this backlog, I decide if I want to read or bookmark it.

Readwise

One of the best tools I've found in the past years. It not only saves highlights from books or articles, but also can handle and saves tweet threads and other media types for reference.

Miscellaneous

Cleanshot

One of the best mac utiltiies out there for screenshots, annotations etc.

Bartender

A tiny and tidy menu bar is the better menu bar.

1Password

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Spotify

While I'm not really a playlist person, Spotify just works better for me when it comes to suggestions or Release Radar.

Overcast

I listed to many podcasts and Overcast gives me the best listening experience.

Signal

My messenger of choice next to iMessage.

Tweetbot

My default Twitter app across all platforms. It's efficient and beautiful, not much more to say.

MoneyMoney

Most of the time, banks don't have a great digital experience. MoneyMoney is a fast and native Mac application that connects to almost all German banks (at least all banks I use) and makes all basic interactions with your bank account easy and enjoyable.

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