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Lynn Fisher

Designer, illustrator, developer

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Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm Lynn Fisher. I'm a designer, illustrator, and CSS developer.

I'm currently working with my friends at &yet, where I make cool web stuff for our team and clients (and occasionally really cool swag). I recently helped design and build Wegotchu, an app to pass around and sign digital greeting cards, and Facecamp, an app to share animated gifs of yourself in Slack.

In my free time I make weird projects for the web. I do CSS illustration with just a single div and experiment with CSS on CodePen. I've created a handful of sites dedicated to extremely niche topics that I hope are fun to discover like: the meaning behind three-letter airport codes, comprehensive stats for the cooking show Top Chef, reasons to live and work in Arizona (my home state), examining the Hollywood age gap, all the food mentioned on The Good Place, and every shirt that David Rose wears on Schitt's Creek.

I've also been redesigning my portfolio each year for the last 13 years.

What hardware do you use?

I've never been organized enough to maintain separate work and personal computers, so luckily the companies I've worked for have provided quality hardware (and haven't minded me using it for personal stuff).

Lately I've been working on a 13" MacBook Pro, where I do pretty much everything with the built-in keyboard and trackpad. I do have a 10-year-old Thunderbolt monitor I use for testing and watching movies, but I like the focus a small laptop screen provides.

I use an iPhone XS for mobile testing, scrolling Twitter, and watching cookie decorating videos on Instagram. I work at a StandDesk, sit in a Torsa Taskchair that I got second-hand from a local dev shop (thanks!), and sometimes use a small Wacom Bamboo tablet and a TI-83 Plus calculator.

And what software?

For design I tend to stay in Adobe Illustrator, but sometimes jump into Photoshop and Sketch when needed. For coding, I use Sublime Text and mostly build my sites with Pug, Stylus, plus Grunt or Gulp. I'm a bit of a late adopter and tend not to switch tech until I'm forced to.

Other software I use to build stuff includes Netlify for hosting, GitHub for version control and collaboration, SVGO and TinyPNG for optimization, Kap for screen recording, GoatCounter for analytics, and Chrome and Firefox dev tools.

For communication, I use Slack for work and community text chat, Talky for video calls, DropBox Paper for writing, Trello for task management, and regular old texts and phone calls for chatting with family.

And I use Spotify for all my Broadway soundtrack needs.

What would be your dream setup?

I always imagine an office with floor to ceiling windows that look out onto a nice green garden (or the Arizona equivalent) with a huge table for working with friends (plus some fast wifi).

Other than that, I have been dreaming about jumping into an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

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