Kevin McGillivray

Welcome to the cozy lighthouse in the cove

I’m your host, @kev_mcg—intrepid web diving companion, jaunty poet-of-qwerty-and-canvas, and convivial home cook.

In the studio, you may find loose manuscripts on pattern languages, practicing creativity, and diving logs. In the kitchen, there are odes to vegetables, and half-painted portraits. Later on we can gather ‘round the table to roll the D20 in the metagame of myth, metaphor, and meaning.

Signal your address and I’ll send you letters in bottles.

a long, low simmer

Deep dives & open questions

A Web Pattern Language

A shared language for building the web together for anyone who cares about its future

Practicing Creativity

Draft notes on creativity—as a skill, a practice, and a mystery

logs from the hypertext studio

On programming & web development

Introduction to the "Frontend" and "Backend"

From server to browser—understand the basics of the full stack to create a clear learning path.

Mindful Code Exercises

Experiments for practicing mindfulness while writing code.

The Four Layers of Programming Skills

Learn about the four layers of programming skills: syntax, programmatic thinking, creativity, and interdisciplinary skills.

Introduction to Text Editors and the Command Line

Here's the post that I wish existed when I started learning web development
toolkits & maps

Open source projects

Wisconsin refugees

An interactive data visualization of refugee resettlements in Wisconsin from 2002-2019.

Life in weeks

Create a grid of your life in weeks.


Makes well-crafted website typography simple with a solid foundation of font size proportions, line heights, and vertical spacing.

Jekyll Base Template

A simple-as-possible Jekyll template

the reef of small wonders

Jaunty tales & fermented verses

A Sunday Afternoon in the Boston Public Garden

Ask yourself if you have any choice but to do the same.

The Length of Humanity

The length of humanity is measured in dancing on mountaintops beneath stars and lights.


People can only become anchors when they find each other.

treasures lost & perceived

Picture gallery

Empty walls for now.

Letters in bottles

Signal your address to receive my infrequent newsletters in a bottle where I write about treasures, tales, and deep dive dispatches.