Manu
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Manu

I write words and code in Italy

That feeling when someone has already coded the app you need and you can delete something from your to-do list.

8 months ago

About

100% Freelancer since late 2011. These days I'm 75% Developer and 25% Designer.

I write on my personal blog which I started back in 2017 and I don't plan to stop anytime soon. I write mostly about tech, web, minimalism and the intersection of the three but I also rant a lot on random topics.

I have an even stranger newsletter that is both weather and location dependant and is very, very infrequent and irregular.

Starting January 1st, 2024 I'm also in charge of Minimalissimo.com.

Side Projects

Ongoing

I started my blog on January 1st 2017 and never stopped blogging since. I love everything about blogging, the writing process, and the community of people who still have blogs.

Ongoing

I love taking pictures. I'm no professional photographer but I very much enjoy taking photos when I'm out in nature. And since I don't have an IG account I decided to collect them on a simple custom website.

Ongoing

P&B is my weekly newsletter were I interview interesting people and I ask them to talk about themselves and their blogs.

Ongoing

Starting January 1st, 2024 I'm in charge of running Minimalissimo, something I'm very excited about.

Ongoing

My experimental newsletter. I write it on my phone and send it while physically on the top of a mountain. It's usually the same mountain but occasionally it's a different one. As a result of that it's a location and weather dependant newsletter and it might as well be the only one.

Ongoing

Weird, quirky and potentially interesting links collected in a container that is designed to bring back some of the randomness and fun of the early days of the web.

Projects

2024

Version 2.0 of the landing page for the People and Blogs series.

2024

Design: Carl Barenbrug and Myself
Tech: Kirby 4 (Flat File CMS)

2024

Design: Alessandro Scarpellini
Tech: Kirby 4 (Flat File CMS)

2024

Design: Atto
Tech: Kirby 4 (Flat File CMS)

2024

Design: Atto
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2023

Design: Tumpić/Prenc
Tech: Static HTML

2023

Design: Myself
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2023

Design: Carl Barenbrug and Myself
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2023

Tech: Static HTML

2023

Design: Myself
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2022

A collection of quirky personal websites delivered one by one at random at the push of a button.

2022

Design: Carl Barenbrug and Myself
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2022

Design: Carl Barenbrug and Myself
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2022

Design: Studio Malisan
Tech: Static HTML

2022

Design: Studio Malisan
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2022

Design: Atto
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2022

Design: Studio Malisan
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2022

Design: Myself
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2022

Design: Alessandro "Aesse" Scarpellini
Tech: Static HTML

2021

Design: Alessandro "Aesse" Scarpellini
Tech: Static HTML

2021

Design: Esploratori Dello Spazio
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2021
Gart

Design: Studio Malisan
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2021

Design: Patrick Fry
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2020

Design: The List
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2020

Design: Esploratori Dello Spazio
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2020

Design: Myself
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2020

Design: Myself
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2020

Design: Alessandro "Aesse" Scarpellini
Tech: Static HTML

2019

Design: Carl Barenbrug and myself
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2019

Design: Studio Malisan
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2018

Design: Studio Malisan
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2018

Design: Carl Barenbrug and Myself
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2018

Design: Carl Barenbrug and Myself
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS) + Shopify Lite

2017

Design: Myself
Tech: Kirby 3 (Flat File CMS)

2017

Design: Michael Warren
Tech: Kirby 2 (Flat File CMS)

Writing

2023

Some of my words found their way into the second volume of Inside Minimalism.

2023

I can't be the only person that's fucking pissed at the entire licensing world for web fonts

2023

My occasional thoughts on minimalism and its relationship with living a simple life

2021

Writing about the personal web is one of my passions.

2018

My take on a new way to look at the web as a place for quietness

2018

This post keeps coming up time and time again. People love minimal email clients apparently.

Features

2022

Over the past 10 years I had the privilege to see a couple of the one pagers I designed and coded being featured on One Page Love

2022

Over the years I had the pleasure to have a few of the sites I worked on featured on the lovely Siteinspire

2021

For some inexplicable reason sometimes my posts gain random traction and can end up in places like the Hacker News front page

2019

Even though I wrote just a few posts on the subject my site has apparently been included as a relevant link for people interested in digital minimalism

2018

This is the only other time something I made managed to gain traction on Product Hunt. Why? No idea. Everything is random on the internet.

2016

We all know Product Hunt is weird and nothing make sense on that platform. Even weirder is the fact that a site I made in an afternoon managed to be the 3rd most upvoted product of the week. The site has since been redesigned and then sold.

Work Experience

2017 — Now

I'm running the site both from a content stand point and from a technological one. I make sure everything is running smoothly, that the curation is on point and that the site can keep growing and thriving.

2011 — Now
Italy

For the past 10+ years I designed, co-designed and coded websites of all sorts of shapes and forms for design studios, other freelancers as well as a variety of different clients.

Education

2010 — 2011
Udine, Italy

One year, full-time course with focus on graphic design, typography, logo design, web coding and web design

2003 — 2008
Udine, Italy

High School diploma with focus on design and blacksmithing

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