I’ve always been impressed by people detailing their setups for activity. It’s part inspiring and part a treasure trove of tips. So with a head nod to Thord who inspired this one, here’s my setup going into 2018.
What I do
I mostly do consultant work, front end development and UX design. But I also do some product development, which means writing and creating content. So my time is split pretty unevenly between: Design, Development, Entertainment and Creativity. I figured these might be good categories.
Design & Development
- MacBook Pro 13” (space gray, touch bar edition) — I spend 90% of my time on this machine. I wish I didn’t, but until I finish KodApp I can’t properly work on my iPad Pro. The MBP is great though, it’s no longer as overwhelmingly better than the compition that MBPs used to be. But this is still a fantastic machine.
- iPad Pro 10.5” (silver) — my favorite device by far. I use it with two external keyboards, the Apple Smart Keyboard an Apple Keyboard in a Canvas cover, and the Apple Pencil. Can’t get enough of it! Everything I can do, I do better on the iPad. It’s just a much more limited device. And strangely, those limitations create both focus and creativity.
- iPhone X (space gray) — I’ve had an iPhone since the iPhone 3G so you can imagine how well integrated into the ecosystem I am. The iPhone has captured more memories and facilitated more opportunities in my life than anything else (except maybe the internet itself). I could not be happier. And th X is simply the most iPhone of any iPhone so far.
- Apple Watch (series zero) — I’m forever greatful to the Apple Watch for helping me catch my ex cheating, it had gone on for a long time and might’ve gone on a lot longer without the Apple Watch. But truth be told, I don’t use it that much. I wear it every day but I read the time, temperature and measure my sleep. That’s about it. When there’s a nicer watch available with these featres (there are some already but none have caught my eye) I’ll switch to that.
- iPad Pro 10.5” — Already wrote about this device, but couldn’t list creative tools without it. That’s how good it is.
- Notebooks and pens — I’ve always carried around a ton of notebooks and pencils to draw and sketch on. While I’ve been trimming these down over the last year I’ve also added a new habit: Every morning I journal in my Field Notes with my 0.7mm black Muji pen. It helps me stay acountable and learning.
- Kindle Oasis — I read. A lot. And this is the best reading device I’ve ever had.
- Nintendo Swith — I’ve always loved gaming, even used to work with game design, and this magical console has completely rekindled my sense of childlike wonder for gaming.
- Apple TV — Netflix machine.
- Paper by 53 — Probably the best sketching app ever. Use it with my Apple Pencil every time I start fleshing out ideas.
- Figma — This is collaborative Sketch, in the browser. It’s amazing, and allows you to prototype directly.
- Keynote — Sometimes I have to present design, and I usually use keynote for that. Why? It’s free and beautiful and easy to use.
- Atom — Fantastic text editor for all your coding needs.
- Zeit Now — The best collection of cloud tools for developers I’ve ever used. Check out everything Zeit does, and never use anything but Now as a dev environment.
- Digital Ocean — If, and it’s increasingly rare, Zeit’s environments aren’t configurable enough.
- Field Notes — Great looking notebooks, for sketching and journaling.
- Paper by 53 — Like I wrote above. Everything starts in Paper.
- Spotify — For music, tried Apple Music, but I just missed curated playlists way to much. Before you say it, no, Apple Musics playlists are not even close.
- Podcasts / Overcast — I try to live with defaults to understand users in all situations. But Apple Podcast app is just so bad I keep coming back to Overcast.
- Audible / Kindle — I listen to books as much or even more than I read.
- Twitter — The only social media I’ve ever truly loved. The company is doing everything wrong now a days, but I still love the free exchange of ideas. Wish someone could build a next generation of this.
- Bear — My note taking app of choice.
- Things — All my todos organised in a GTD system. Beautiful app that’s a pleasure to use, all day every day.
- Fjällräven G-1000 — my daily laptop bag. This is basically my office.
- AirPods — The best headphones I’ve ever owned. Always with me, always in use, always work.
That’s it! That’s all the stuff I use on a daily basis.