The DOM Artist

By Braydon Coyer

Mechanical Keyboards & Pomegradient updates





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Braydon Coyer
Braydon Coyer
New name, new provider, same newsletter. I’m on Revue now!

Hello everyone and welcome to October! It’s crazy to think we’re just a few months out from the start of a new year!
We’ve gained a handful of new subscribers this month - welcome to all the newcomers! 👋
A few housekeeping items to touch on briefly:
  1. I’ve given my newsletter a name - The DOM Artist! As many of you know, I love CSS and use it to build things from complex layouts to crazy single-div art pieces. Not only do I love creating things with CSS, but I also love to teach it to people! My goal in future installments of this newsletter is to provide you with exclusive CSS tutorials. More on that in the next few issues…
  2. Does something look different? You’ve probably noticed by now, but yes - I moved my newsletter to Revue since my last issue arrived in your inboxes. Buttondown was great and served me well as I started this newsletter, but I found myself wanting more features and a better writing experience. When it was announced that newsletters powered by Revue can be embedded in your Twitter profile, I quickly made the switch. Looks great, right?
Braydon Coyer
Just moved my newsletter to @revue! 🥳

They just released a feature that allows your newsletter to live on your Twitter profile - pretty neat!

If you haven't signed up for my newsletter already, now is a great time to do so! 😉
💻 The Crazy Rabbit Hole of Custom Mechanical Keyboards
We all use keyboards. Even if you aren’t a developer, typing has become a part of your life.
One of my friends recently introduced me to the world of custom mechanical keyboards. This shocked me at first. I knew mechanical keyboards existed (I use one for gaming), but custom keyboards? What did that even mean? And what makes a keyboard custom?
Little did I know that answering that question would lead me down a never-ending path and consume hours and hours of my life. But in a good way! Now I’m hooked.
Enthusiast keyboards can be changed in almost any way; from the body of the board itself to the way the switches feel and the keycaps that top it with personality.
If that wasn’t enough, obtaining the materials of the keyboard is only the first step. Modding components of the keyboard are just as important as the contents of the board itself.
Switches can be lubed, stabilizers replaced, tape can be applied to the PCB, and much more. Essentially, each level of the keyboard can be changed or modded at any given point to provide the user with the feel and sound they desire.
Does this sound appealing to you? Maybe, or maybe not. But it does to me!
I particularly enjoy the rich deep sound that can be achieved with custom mechanical keyboards, and the opportunity to express personality through the aesthetically pleasing keycaps.
With nearly unlimited options available, I ordered the necessary pieces for my first custom keyboard!
Here are the components for my first build:
  • Keychron Q1 75% Keyboard (arrives Monday!)
  • Alpaca V2 Switches
  • Mizu keycap look-alikes (I’m on a journey to find GMK Modern Dolch)
  • Sorbothane Foam (to dampen the pingy sound caused by the board)
  • Krytox 205g0 Lube to mod the switches and stabilizers
Keychron Q1
Keychron Q1
There’s so much to learn when it comes to custom mechanical keyboards. I’m excited to run through my first build! I’m sure I’ll write a blog post about it, so keep an eye out!
If you’re a keyboard enthusiast, reply to this email and send me info about your build! I’d love to see it!
🎨 Pomegradient Update
For those who are new and don’t know, I’m currently working on a side project called Pomegradient. Pomegradient helps you find, save and craft gradients with a creative community.
Last month I designed and implemented the gradient detail page. I’m not 100% happy with the design so its subject to change, but the overall features are there:
  • ✅ View the gradient color stops
  • ✅ View the CSS
  • ✅ View more gradients by the same creator
  • ✅ Share the gradient with others on your social outlets
A preview of the details page. 🎨

From here you can:
✅ View the gradient color stops
✅ View the CSS
✅ View more gradients by the same creator
✅ Share with others on your social outlets

This screen also allows you to show appreciation and 👍 the gradient.

I’m hoping to put more work into Pomegradient this month; fingers crossed the next issue has some meaty updates!
📚️ What I'm Writing
I released two articles in September and even wrote a few for some companies which will be published this month. Can’t wait to show them to you, but for now, check out these fresh new articles from my blog!
How to Unit Test an HTTP Service in Angular
Use Named Exports over Default Exports in JavaScript
💫 Content from the Community
One of the brilliant things about being a developer on Twitter is that you get to cheer for other developers and learn from their informative articles, explore their stunning side projects, and witness their amazing achievements.
Here are a few things I found in September that I thought were super cool or helped me in some shape or form.
I’m working on a few side projects with some friends and found this methodology, originally introduced by Simon and the folks at FeedHive, to be incredibly helpful and informative.
The Flight Manual. A lightweight, ceremoniless agile… | by Simon Høiberg | Medium
Dominik released HelpkitHQ, allowing companies to easily build a Knowledge Base sourced from Notion!
Dominik Sobe ツ
After spending a month and five days in my coding cave, I am happy to announce that @HelpkitHQ is finally launching today! 🎉

⚡HelpKit allows you to easily build your company's Knowledge Base or Help Center with @NotionHQ

🙅‍♂️ No code required
I’ve been working with Markdown (and MDX) for my blog posts and this recommendation by Elio was a game changer!
Elio Struyf
Using a #StaticSite and #VSCode? Check out the #FrontMatter extension which brings #SEO validation for title and description, category and tag management, and more.

#hugoio #gatsby #nextjs #extension #markdown #jamstack #webdev
🙌 Wrapping Up
As always, thanks for reading - and thanks for your support!
Oh - and I’d love to know what you thought about this issue with the new provider!
Have a great month! I’ll see you in November!
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Braydon Coyer
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