hi! i'm spencer

Creative technologist, stubborn optimist in ๐ŸŒ‰
Dreaming, wandering, laughing, and thinking about...
  • creative agency
    how we can give users more agency in the software they use or are used by every day and what does a healthy relationship with technology look like?
  • soft tech
    how do we create software that encourages tinkering and authentic expression, where making crazy connections is necessary rather than a nuisance?
  • people over systems
    what sort of systems do we need to create a society that cares about enabling every person to live with the privilege to pursue their dreams and create something that they can truly own?
  • authentic expression
    how do we create environments that provide a low-pressure context for people to fail and learn and scale that trust beyond small local communities?
  • living fully
    how do we live more fully and intensely and learn to trust ourselves to express ourselves without caveats?
I like writing, taking photos, reading, and eating (and sharing). I also enjoy experimenting with fashion, dancing, and being in nature.
I spent my days building tools for tinkers at Coda. I built out our custom templates platform and now work on the Packs platform so that anyone can extend Coda's capabilities.
I'm always looking to learn about different perspectives and jam with curious people. Say hi ๐Ÿ‘‹ (Twitter, email)

writing projects

| Postal Portals: a series of letters with friends to deep-dive into concepts weighing on our minds.

| Mini-essay experiment to publish raw, lightly edited pieces semi-daily towards achieving 100 public pieces.

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You can find my favorite pieces below, or browse all my writing.
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98 - quiet confidence

Quiet confidence is when you’re able to naturally take your time, take up proper space, and be unapologetically yourself without putting down anyone else or manufacturing dependence.
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Everyday Magic

Tech is magical, but it shouldn’t be mysterious.
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Liminal Illusions

exploring the liminality of vegas and how it exposes the absurdity of our day-to-day
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43 - kindness journal

Compliments are one of the few things that are infinite energy machines. Itโ€™s free to think of and give, and each one generates so much equivalent energy in happiness.
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denim personality

an exploration of how fashion becomes a part of your personality, why it came to matter so much to me, and rejecting the โ€œuniformโ€
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uneven time

A world where time is uneven, the image to maintain, and the power of mindsets
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28 - a drop of color

a cap to my time in New York. On post-travel sadness and what places leave you with. plus a couple fun bonuses like a riff on a song and a haiku.
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19 - the silo culture

โ€œBecause we donโ€™t interact with other groups, we donโ€™t understand their struggles, needs, and hopes. We only think about us and our tribe when we go to the voting booth, when we launch products, and when we write policy.โ€
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commitment and obligation

I was taught that hard work would bring you riches. That effort was the key to success in whatever you did…
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craft over career

what if we chose to optimize craft over career? It means everything we’re doing right now is the most important thing, not just a stepping stone towards some “better” future.
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a twinkle

Recounting a visceral experience. On light, humans, and meaning.

Decoding your Mind

Sharing my method to data-empowered journaling and self-reflection