Last updated: 22.4.2020

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What the title says.
This is an ongoing personal list with music that helps me get into the zone.

In his book, Deep Work, Cal Newport refers to the term “Deep work” as the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task.
If you think about it, we live in the attention economy. Everyone demands to capture your attention. From social media, to ads, your phone notifications, or just the noise of an open space office. …


Last updated: 14.4.2020

Principles are ways of successfully dealing with reality to get what you want out of life. Some people may call it your personal manifesto in life. Your manifesto highlights your values, what really matters for you, imagine a big compass helping you navigate through life. Principles should not be just words. They are ways of living, creating, doing and informing the choices we make everyday.

TL;DR Long story short: A video inspired me to start writing down my personal list of principles, beliefs, rules for life which then led to the million dollar question(from a developers viewpoint)…


As answered by Alfred Hitchcock 👇

A clear horizon — nothing to worry about on your plate, only things that are creative and not destructive and that’s within yourself. Within me I can’t bear quarreling, I can’t bear feelings between people. I think hatred is wasted energy and it’s all non-productive. I’m very sensitive. A sharp word, said by a person who has a temper, if they’re close to me, hurts me for days. I know we’re only human, we do go in for these various emotions, call them negative emotions but when all these are removed and you…


This is considered to be a classic book, in the genre of dystopian novels. While being still halfway through, I was already thinking that it was my favourite amongst the 3 famous dystopian novels (Orwell’s 1984 and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451).

What fascinates me is that Aldus Huxley wrote this book back in 1932(!) but some ideas can be seen coming true in today’s society, with only a bit of imagination. Think of a good Black Mirror episode. \_(ツ)_/¯

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Art Cover by — https://jingqi.work/brave-new-world

“Brave New World is open to many interpretations, but I think one that stands out is that it seems to be…


Last updated: 1.2.2019
i — italics are thoughts, todo’s, feedback

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One of my favourite words, is the greek one, synthesis. The way I see it, synthesis is all about combining different components/elements/ideas to form a new one, a connected whole.

Maaan I love chicken McNuggets! But I also love the Internet.
So I made some personal lists, split per categories, which serve as a repository for my favourite corners of the Internet. Or most inspiring Humans. And as brain food(CogNuggets). Cognitive Nuggets, are small bits of knowledge.

1 — Categories Lists

2 — CogNuggets

This is a starter template focused…


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This is an interesting question: Try to answer this without using your name, job title, birthplace, what your hobbies are or who your friends are.

I’m in the process of designing and building my website/portfolio and this question came up somewhere, while I was procrastinating through the interwebs instead of finalizing my /About page. You can checkout my temporary landing page here though→ andreaslitis.com.

Two words came up. I like to see myself as an Explorer + Maker.

Why Explorer? Explorers observe the world and humans around them. They are genuinely curious and always ask questions. I believe and like…


Last updated — 15.4.2019

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Design can be everything. If you look around you now, chances are most things you see are designed by someone. This is an ongoing list that helps me define what Design is. I prefer to keep the definitions simple.

01. Design is never done. It iterates and evolves.
02. De·sign /dəˈzīn/
03. Do or plan (something) with a specific purpose or intention in mind.
04. Design is about being intentional about something.
05. Design is the discipline of problem solving.
06. Design is about listening, being agile, changing habit, moving, and not stopping — John Maeda
07. Good Design has constraints.
08. Good Design has principles.
09. Design is both art and science.
10. Design is about learning to see.


Last updated — 26.1.2021

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01. Expecting the unexpected.
02. Connecting the unconnected.
03. Creativity is about doing.
04. Combining seemingly different ideas/components to form something new.
05 . Creativity is future-proof, human, global and technology-agnostic.
06. Stealing from everywhere like an artist, then remixing to form something new that communicates something.
07. Creativity works perfect with constraints.
08. Creativity solves problems.
09. Creativity is like a muscle. It can be strengthened with practice and effort.
10. Creativity is a lot about going to places you didn’t intend. Starting without knowing where it’s gonna end up. #skillshare #quote

11. Creativity loves constraints.

12. Creativity is about making ideas happen. #doing


If you think about it, time is one or maybe the most precious resource you own. Why? Because it’s limited. You also can’t reverse it. Can you buy time? Sure you can, in some ways.

→ When you get from point A to B using Beat, Uber or whatever car hailing app out there, you also buy time(and convenience).

→ You have a dishwasher. By using the machine you bought, you buy time instead of cleaning your mess yourself.

→ When you outsource work: For example home cleaning services, or the app you use for your grocery home delivery. …


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I’m a CSS enthusiast. After working with CSS for the previous 7 years, it still suprises me! There is always something new to learn if you are driven by curiosity. This time it was CSS Counters, so I’m sharing what I learned.

CSS counters let you adjust the appearance of content based on its location in a document. For example, you can use counters to automatically number the headings in a webpage. Counters are, in essence, variables maintained by CSS whose values may be incremented by CSS rules to track how many times they’re used.

Support is global across browsers…

a.litis

Creative Developer. Interested in all things web, design & books. I believe in Humans and sharing knowledge.

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