About

I’m Daniel Saunders, a designer, front-end developer, reader, and writer with a wide range of interests, as you might have gathered from looking around this site.

I’ve been freelancing for around 8 years, during which time I’ve worked on many different types of graphic design and web development projects. Check out the projects page for a select recent few that I’m particulary proud of, and take a look at my web studio site if you’re interested in working together!

The throughline of this site is a chronicle of many years of transformations and transitions, whether in my thinking about existence, history, religion, design, or the world wide web. What I’ve learned from using this site as a real-time, sometimes messy space to work out these ideas is that I am someone who wants to explore boundaries, who disdains rigid orthodoxies, and who is always seeking where to enact that modernist injunction to “make it new”. Maybe you’ll find something here that sparks a feeling of exploration and discovery.

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Site Details

  • Built with Deno Lume, using Vento templates
  • Styled with vanilla CSS, optimized with LightningCSS
  • (Very minimal) client-side interactivity with vanilla JavaScript and web components
  • Code syntax highlighting with Highlight.js
  • Client-server interaction with HTMX and Deno Oak
  • Privacy-focused analytics with Fathom
  • Content authored in Markdown
  • Iconic icons
  • Deployed on Deno Deploy
  • Average Lighthouse score: 💯 💯 💯 💯

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Uses

  • MacBook Pro 14" (M2)
  • Samsung UR55 Series 28" IPS 4K UHD Monitor
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones
  • Keychron V5 QMK Mechanical Keyboard • Mint Switches, Matcha Keycaps
  • Leuchtturm1917 Notebook Planner

Software

  • VSCode (Monokai Pro Theme) for programming
  • Figma and Affinity for design
  • iA Writer for writing
  • Airtable for project management
  • Reflect for note taking
  • Todoist for tasks
  • YouTube Music for listening
  • Proton for email