Brightly Colored is designed and developed by me, Tim Smith, in beautiful St. Paul, Minnesota. This publication covers a whole range of things including, but not limited to: design, development, technology, Geek culture, and Apple.

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Photo by Jaimie Lauren.

Just as a person goes through different phases of life, so has this site. There have been periods where I write a lot about a certain topic, then move on to another. There was also a time when I wasn’t the only one to write here, which you can learn more about below. The constant however, has always been me. Most of Brightly Colored is a reflection of my life, my personal growth, my successes, and my sorrows.

Why “Brightly Colored”?

I felt the name Brightly Colored matched my personality. You’ll normally find me wearing bright and vibrant things like yellow shorts, bright-patterned socks, and red shoes.

About Tim

Writing about yourself is tough, but here we go.

I live in Saint Paul, MN with my beautiful and amazing wife, Kelly. We have two cats: Izzy and Minnie. I can be very opinionated and picky about certain things, but kindness is very important to me. I strive to lace kindness and empathy into everything I do.

I’ve messed up a lot in life, but as Yoda once said, “The greatest teacher, failure is.” Some of the failure has been painful—both to me and others. I’ve always tried to take responsibility for it and learn.

I started my adventure into design and development in 2006 when I was fifteen. I took some community college classes, but I’m mostly self-taught. My early career was really hard—no one took me seriously as soon as I told them how old I was.

Since then, I’ve had the chance to work with some pretty amazing people. Some of those amazing people work for companies like Relay FM, Carbon Ads, &Yet, Lullabot, Crush & Lovely, and The Clinton Foundation.

In 2018, I decided I no longer wanted to work as a designer and developer for the web and became the Senior Producer for Changelog Media. I now make audio and video things for a living, and I love it.

I originally started this site thinking I’d be the next John Gruber, but quickly realized I didn’t actually want that (not to mention, I’m not nearly as great a writer). Ever since, this wonderful place is where I write about all that interests me.


Send me an email anytime. I love getting email from actual people. If you have a product you’d like me to review, feel free to reach out.

How It’s Made





The site is hosted by Netlify, and powered by Jekyll. Brightly Colored is typeset in Whitney by Hoefler & Co.

A huge thanks to the friends who’ve contributed to this site: TJ Draper and Keaton Taylor. Also thanks to Sonya Mann for editing a few articles here and there, making me sound much better. Of course, a huge thank you to my partner in crime, Kelly Smith, who reads drafts and sometimes writes herself.

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