I’m Fernando Gros. This site is a collection of writing stretching back to 2004 as well as few products I’ve made to inspire your creativity and help you maintain a good mindset. I’m a writer, artist, and parent, with a deep love for music and wild places.
I’m interested in how we integrate information with lived experience and turn that into wisdom we can use to live well.
My writing covers a range of topics like culture, travel, art, technology, and education. I’m interested in the ways we can be more adaptable and artful, while leading simple lives where we aren’t overwhelmed by technology and can get through our lives in satisfying ways.
My most popular short articles are The Worst Question You Can Ask, The Noguchi Filing System, and Does Coffee Make You More Creative? If you want to read some long-form essays, I recommend Working From Home,Making A Blogging Template in Scrivener 3.0, and Why I Went Back To Paper Planning.
Or, if you just want to browse your way through all my writing, you can find everything here.
I hope the articles here help you be gentler and more open with yourself and to the world around you.
They draw from a wide range of fields, cognitive science, cultural studies, economics, history, philosophy, and social studies.
By simplifying our lives we can understand better and become more creative and productive. Our world needs this because so many of the problems we face are hard and need creativity, and so many of us have important things to say and we need to find ways to say them.
Vulnerability is the gateway to authenticity.
I have few regrets but I wish I’d discovered pilates sooner.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing friends and loved ones succeed.
I took all my toys apart to see how they worked.
And remember, don’t put big things on top of little things.
I currently live in London. Before that I lived in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Delhi, Sydney, and Santiago.