My setup and what I use
Here’s all the stuff I use day-to-day to do what I do and how I have it set up.
Computer and desk stuff permalink
I have a 2019 16” MacBook Pro with an 8 core i9 processor, 1TB SSD drive and 32GB of RAM. It’s by far the best Mac I’ve ever had and I’ve been a Mac user since the original weird coloured iMacs!
I’ve got an LG 27UD88-W, 4K, 27” USB-C screen that does the job nicely. All I do is plug the ol’ MacBook in. I prefer Apple Cinema Displays but they’re long gone now.
I’ve got a 3rd generation iPad Air that I use for music and sketching on Procreate. For inputs, I’ve got a Space Grey Magic Keyboard, a Magic Trackpad and an MX Ergo trackball. I also have a RØDE Podcaster for recording my voice and a BRIO 4k webcam for recording my face. All of this sits on top of an Autonomous SmartDesk 2.
For music (and noise cancellation), I’ve treated myself to a pair of AirPods Max which are fantastic.
I’ve got a Beurer TL 30 SAD lamp that helps in the dark winter months and more Field Notes than you can shake a stick at. I use them, along with Notion, which is the beating heart for everything else. I plan content, run projects and most client work through there.
Design, code and writing setup permalink
I use IA Writer for writing nearly all content. It’s a super good, focused writing tool.
I prefer to use Sketch for static UI design and look and feel, but prefer to work in HTML and CSS for proper design work. I still very occasionally fire up Adobe Creative suite because the Illustrator pen tool can’t be beaten.