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

Read more at the Late Night Code Club

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

Dissolving and re-emerging later...

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.