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What are your favorite tools?

Daniel Wirtz (@wirtzdan) · February 15, 2019 at 9:55am

What are your favorite tools?

February 15, 2019 at 9:55am

I want to do a little bit of research about the favorite tools that people use to build products. This could be something like Figma, or something that just helps to stay organized.

For me, these tools come to mind: Figma, Notion, Grammarly, LastPass, Raindrop.io, Loom


February 15, 2019 at 9:56am

A little bit of background: I started a series about "Tools for Makers" on our companies Instagram. You can take a look here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt5cHQMnjik/

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My favourite tech stack for cross platform apps (and what i'm using to build my side project ) is Elixir/Pheonix for backend, React and React-native/Expo. Coupled with Tailwindcss for generating consistent styles, it's very simple and powerful for sharing as much code as possible.

For content websites, prototyping, and client work, I like react-static as a static site generator, with a decoupled git markdown repo to serve as a cms.

I prefer to write and style my component libraries in code directly, sometimes with the help of react styleguidist.

You can probably see that I'm very biased towards using react a lot for everything haha.

For more business side tools, gsuite and lastpass are godsends

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I use Refind.com to save links on the web

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February 15, 2019 at 11:25pm

I work with a lot of tools but two of my favourites are ones I designed. Ramma and Tape on aeriform.io

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February 18, 2019 at 8:31am

My favourite tech stack for cross platform apps (and what i'm using to build my side project ) is Elixir/Pheonix for backend, React and React-native/Expo. Coupled with Tailwindcss for generating consistent styles, it's very simple and powerful for sharing as much code as possible.

For content websites, prototyping, and client work, I like react-static as a static site generator, with a decoupled git markdown repo to serve as a cms.

I prefer to write and style my component libraries in code directly, sometimes with the help of react styleguidist.

You can probably see that I'm very biased towards using react a lot for everything haha.

For more business side tools, gsuite and lastpass are godsends

I hear good things about TailwindCSS. I think I have to give it a shot sometime.

Couldn't live with Gsuite and Lastpasst either!

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I use Refind.com to save links on the web

How does Refind compare to something like raindrop.io? Looks interesting

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I work with a lot of tools but two of my favourites are ones I designed. Ramma and Tape on aeriform.io

Interesting!

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I use mutliple tools for design for different team projects Sketch,Figma,Invision. Nowadays I explore Kodika.io Beta

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February 18, 2019 at 11:39pm

How does Refind compare to something like raindrop.io? Looks interesting

I didn't try Raindrop, but I would say it's kinda the same, but definitely not for people that want to organise their links. Refind doesn't have those kind of features (yet at least). But I'm someone that doesn't have the patience to organise all the time, I just want to save them fast

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Figma for me does it. Live, flexible, and versioning. Works for collaboration between design & dev. I’ve also enjoyed node.js and serverless deployments on Zeit Now platform.

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I hear good things about TailwindCSS. I think I have to give it a shot sometime.

Couldn't live with Gsuite and Lastpasst either!

it's very similar to bootstrap's utility classes. It's best used with a postcss setup, but if you're too lazy to set up everything, just use the cdn version with a html file. you'd be able to learn it in an hour or less. You have lots of control over how the css output is generated, so you can minimize the already-small default size by a factor of 3 usually by commenting out the unused stuff.

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February 19, 2019 at 9:13pm

My favorite tools are as follows: Figma for prototyping and designing User Interfaces Illustrator for designing assets and other stuff After Effects for animation zipBoard for managing my projects and getting live feedback on my designs!

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February 20, 2019 at 7:12am

I use Refind.com to save links on the web

OMG, refind is awesome. just what i'm looking for.

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