I like to keep track of good websites and good people. When I find something worth keeping, I’ll add a bookmark so I don’t forget to check back often.
These are my self-ascribed rules of the road when it comes to bookmarks.
- Only use the bookmark bar.
- Keep folder names to one word.
- Default to HTTPS when possible.
- Rename page titles to be quickly readable.
- Within folders, alphabetize.
- Don’t bury a bookmark in a folder if it’s accessed frequently.
Folders are a good way for me to keep tabs on tons of websites without cluttering my bookmarks bar. I keep restructuring these, so you’re seeing a point-in-time compilation.
- I either appreciate or closely follow (or both) each of these brands. They are interesting, important, forward-thinking, or influential.
- Google is a brand, a tech behemoth, a newsmaker, and a services company. I access a Google-made product nearly every hour of the day, which is why it deserves a folder for itself.
- These sites are useful and creative. If I’m looking for inspiration, I go here.
- In this folder I compile the websites of “cewebrities” and friends. These may or may not be blogs, so they’re usually dually-present in Google Reader, too.
- Some of these could be moved to the Brands folder, but in general, these sell stuff from lots of brands in one place.
- I should probably cut back on these. Regardless, I think they’re all interesting and each has its own particular culture.
Here’s how the bookmarks play out:
- Apple — Iconic, sharp, clever, simple; I am bewildered by the quality of products that churn out of this Willy-Wonka-like tech company.
- byrd & belle — Beautiful carrying cases for laptops and digital devices.
- Camelbak — I drink more water when it’s in one of these.
- Field Notes — Small and simple, easy to carry, great for lists.
- Gregory — Lots of pockets and completely comfortable for backpacking.
- Herman Miller — They make the best chairs you can buy, and they’re from Michigan.
- Incase — Well-made and stylish bags for digital equipment.
- J.Crew — Good clothing and a step up from my teen brands. I think this contributes to my “chipster” label.
- LAYERxlayer — Handmade bags from New York that remind me a little of The Village by M. Night Shyamalan.
- TOMS — Interesting and comfortable shoes with an ethical cause.
- Trek Bicycle — Sturdy and well-respected bikes from a reputable and USA-based company.
- Andrew Pautler — A friend from college who has since become Mr. Web Designer Extraordinaire.
- Cameron Moll
- Chris Glass
- Dan Cederholm
- Dustin Maust
- Ethan Marcotte
- Jason Miller
- Jason Santa Maria
- Jeffrey Zeldman
- Jeremy Keith
- Jon Hicks
- Khoi Vinh
- Luke Wroblewski
- Ryan Buttrey
- Ryan Clark
- Rob Tarr
And here are the bookmarks that deserve to be unhindered by a folder:
So, what do you think? Am I a mess? Could I do this better? How do you organize your own bookmarks?