I found this gem digging through old files recently. It's a screenshot from my Dell laptop while I was in a dorm room at the University of Vermont, around 2007. Talk about a blast from the past.
I'm so happy I kept this screenshot. It's a little time capsule that shows a former relationship with my computer. Fun things to note:
This is the window arrangement I've been using for a long time now, probably ever since I got a second display.
Main tasks and work usually happens on the big Apple monitor, with secondary messaging apps on the laptop screen. I have two instances of Chrome open–juggling Web traffic on my two Google accounts (work and personal). Believe it or not, I'm pretty diligent in choosing which browser to use when surfing the Web.
When in use, all work-specific production apps (Adobe, Sketch, Figma, Google things, etc.) occupy the full screen of the big Apple monitor. I usually close Messages (and sometimes Slack) when doing heads-down work to minimize distractions.
This layout has been serving me well because no one window is 100% obscured by another. Also, having Slack bumped out a bit from the right screen edge allows me see files as they save to the desktop (they're added top to bottom). Though I mainly use the big monitor, I intentionally set the laptop as the main screen to make this happen.
COOL HUH 🤓
It's time for a new portfolio! My little corner of the internet. 🥰 Built on Webflow, with crazy amounts of customization possibilities. Needless to say, I'm very impressed so far. All it took was a five-week parental leave to get me focused enough to pull it off. I'm looking forward to the future and further developing this space.
Here, I plan to post thoughts, essays, and random nonsense that comes to mind. Happy to have some blogging in-house (rather than something like Medium). WOOT