NEWS · February 20th 2020

Community Digest #8: Browser tabs, Figma integrations, and a developer profile

Learn how Jamie found Sanity, what keeps us up at night, and some of the highlights from this week in the community.

Knut Melvær

Knut runs developer relations at Sanity.io.

In this digest we'll get to know one of the developers in the Sanity community a bit more, as well as get some of the highlights from the past week.

We hope you'll all have a great weekend — we can't wait to be back next week, because we will have some great things to show you all!

Community highlights

A sprinkling of tweets with tips, tricks, and praise from the community.

Wordpress arrivals

We can relate to Naya’s tweet! Both in terms of having a lot of tabs in the browser and figuring out how all the things can be built.

Figma + Sanity?

We're huge fans of Figma here at Sanity HQ. So seeing that people are working on integration like this makes us really happy. Henrique is looking for contributors. If you're interested do let him know!

Developer profile: Jamie Bradley

We have a solid group of helpful and industrious developers in o community. Jamie has been one of them for a long time. He has given talks about Sanity at JAMstack_conf London 2019, as well as meetups. This week, he launched a new site with split pane previews for unpublished changes. We took the opportunity to have a chat.

Jamie Bradley

— Who are you and what do you do?

I'm Jamie! I'm a Front End Engineer and the founder of Endeavour Digital. We're a UK based digital agency that specialise in anything front end – especially JAMstack!

— You just launched a site, tell us about it!

We've been working with a business called Distinct Performance. We were tasked with designing and developing a content managed website within a short time frame. I’ve worked with Sanity before and on reading the brief I instantly knew Sanity was the right tool. Sanity’s flexibility, intuitive interface and development experience definitely contributed to the fast turnaround.

The feedback we received following the launch has been great. The client is very happy and the user feedback has also been positive.

— What is your go-to stack these days?

I'm a bit of a JAMstack fiend! So I'm always looking for ways to incorporate JAMstack into our projects. The majority of our projects usually include:

Outside of the day job, I've been playing with 11ty a lot. I'm actually in the process of dusting off my blog and bringing 11ty into the equation.

— Tell us how you discovered Sanity!

I think it was nearly 2 years ago now! I'm part of a Slack group with front end developers and one of them shared the Sanity website. I took a look at the website and took some time to read the documentation. About 50% of the way through I couldn't wait to get started. Next thing, I was integrating Sanity into Endeavour's Gatsby website 🎉

— If you had to pick only one, what is your favourite Sanity feature?

There's lots I love about Sanity. But Portable Text has to be my favourite feature. I've had so much grief in the past when dealing with Rich Text content through other Headless CMS.

I love that Portable Text gives your content some structure. It means you can handle the rendering of elements easily - goodbye dangerouslysetinnerhtml!!

I also love that you can create your own blocks. I created a Youtube embed block for another website (with the help of a Sanity tutorial - thank you for that!) in a matter of minutes and that was a great feeling.

— Do you have a recommendation that developers should check out this week?

Colby Fayock realased a great article about JAMstack this week I would recommend checking that out. I'm not usually one for sharing my own things but I wrote an article about how I'm trying to use JAMstack to tackle a problem that diabetics face. It's going to be a series of posts and I'm hoping to release my next post at the end of the month.

Built with Sanity

Kunzt.no

Kunzt is a awardwinning Norwegian television show about art and artists. Alexander Sundli-Härdig and his team at KeyTeq made the vlog website using Sanity in combination with Next.js, styled-components, Memberful, and Heroku.

The Sanity Studio for Kunzt.no

This week in praise

In danger of being a bit self-serving we include some of the praise that has been given this week. That being said, we love all sorts of feedback, also when it's about stuff that could have been better. Use whatever medium you feel most comfortable in, we're most present on GitHub, Twitter, and Slack.

(Well, we're not trying to make it hard 😆)

Go read Henrique’s post – and no, we did not pay for it (even though we maybe shoud)

One more thing…

Did we mention that we're hiring?

You should also check out our careers page!