After several years of working on a startup, I’ve recently quit. The reasons are quite boring—poor product traction and we ran out of money— so I won’t go into that here. But the exciting part is that I’m now free to work more on some of my open source projects! Two in particular, Gatsby.js and Typography.js.
Gatsby.js is a React.js static site generator that marries ease of use with modern web technologies. Typography.js is a toolkit for building websites with beautiful typography. This site uses both Gatsby.js & Typography.js!
I’m looking for both direct sponsorship and consulting/contracting opportunities for these projects. Please contact me if you’re thinking about using Gatsby/Typography.js in a major way or have interesting and/or high-value projects you’d like help on. Web agencies and larger companies looking for new web toolchains would be great fits.
Both these projects are very exciting and meaningful to me. I’ve been building websites and web apps for a long time now and they both are a compilation of a decade+ of thought about and experimentation into what is the perfect toolset for building for the web.
Both projects were also, interestingly, by-products of working on my startup RelateRocket. Gatsby started when I needed to create a website for RelateRocket and wanted to avoid using anything other than React.js. Typography.js started when we were thinking about building a product that’d automatically create personalized landing pages for sales reps to send and I started thinking about how to easily/quickly emulate the typography and other design choices from our customers’ websites. It is satisfying that although the startup didn’t succeed, something of value has risen, phoenix-like, from the ashes.
Now that my full attention is on Gatsby, I have a number of ideas I’m working on that I’m really excited about.
The web is an incredible place. I’m so happy I get to help build it. If Gatsby or Typography.js excite you, I’d love you to join in helping design & document & build them.
Also a quick endnote. I noticed while writing this that my first blog post was a bit over 10 years ago! Happy anniversary blog! :-)
Posted August 12, 2016
Kyle Mathews lives and works in San Francisco building useful things. You should follow him on Twitter