I recorded a video walkthrough of my experimental text layout editor Span, where I talk through some of the ideas behind it: youtube.com/watch?v=ltI0e420wb

I talk a bit about making text layout editing a more flow-friendly experience and how laying out text is just very strange (it's one-dimensional!) and different from image layout.

You can do similar things in macOS, but because Mac apps are more polished, with nicely designed icons, the gap between your custom scripts and professional apps is much more noticeable. The limitations (name-only) of the dmenu interface make it much easier to customize and participate.

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I've started writing a lot of simple custom launcher scripts. For instance, `750words` to open 750words.com in a firefox window, and then launching that with dmenu. I've been surprised how different (more intentional) it feels to open that versus opening a browser and navigating to it.

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I wrote about the benefits of limitations in application launchers and about how using dmenu with custom launch scripts makes me feel more in control: writing.grantcuster.com/posts/

dmenu is basically autocomplete for launching applications and scripts, it's not so different to using Spotlight to launch apps on macOS. But because of the simplicity of the interface and how agnostic it is about what it launches, it opens up interesting custom workflow possibilities.

Work ↓ feed.grantcuster.com/post/1599
I think I have most of the design figured out for the new Constraint Systems index page. Now I need to refactor the code...

Inspiration ↓ feed.grantcuster.com/post/1599
Avara: "The placement of its nodes is exclusively based on a rough square grid. The original reason of this design choice was to facilitate collaboration on the font, and it now results in the radical and highly constrained shapes of this type family."
from velvetyne.fr/fonts/avara/

@deianeira nice! It's not documented but copy and pasting a web image or dragging and dropping an image file also work.

@packbat thanks! And good call on the test image -- going to add that to my test image set.

@stephen nice! Someday I'll find a way to make GIF capture a part of the app itself.

I made Sift, an experimental image editor that slices an image into layers. You can offset the layers to generate interference patterns and pseudo-3D effects.
sift.constraint.systems

It uses additive blending and a pixel-based light splitting algorithm. It came out of thinking about how to add depth to a grid of pixels. For more info you can read the release notes (writing.grantcuster.com/posts/) or watch a video tour (youtube.com/watch?v=MJQNnAr40V). As always, I'd love to see anything you make with it.

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