I love seeing what designers and developers use to do their job - so I thought I'd create my own /uses page.

These are the tools I like to use, it's ones I use when I can, but as a contractor I am used to adapting and using what ever tools the client needs me to use. So don't feel that just because I like a MacBook doesn't mean I can't use Windows. 😊

Editor + Terminal

Desktop Apps

  • For design I use Sketch and Affinity Photo - Adobe Photoshop is far too expensive and I never used more than 10% of its features.
  • I still have to use FTP for some clients, FileZilla has been my FTP client of choice for a long time.
  • My main browser is Firefox - it has great developer tools, especially for CSS grid and has improved a lot over the years. I have Chromium, Safari and Brave for testing.
  • For notes and writing, I use Simplenote. It's cross-platform, which means all my notes are available on my phone, on the internet and my laptop.
  • OBS for screencasts and recording training material for clients

Desk Setup

  • I currently use a 2018 15" MacBook Pro with 32gb of ram and maxed out processor 2.9 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i9
  • My keyboard is a Vinpok Taptek mechanical keyboard which I backed on IndieGoGo but is now available for everyone
  • My mouse is an MX Master 1 - its the most expensive mouse I have ever bought, but has been worth every penny
  • My monitor is a 21" Samsung monitor - this is the next thing I will be replacing
  • For sitting I use an Autonomous Ergo Chair 2
  • My desk is an Ikea Trotten sit / stand desk - I wish I had paid more and gone for the electronic version instead of the manual crank

Other Gear

  • OnePlus 5T android phone
  • Blue Ice microphone
  • Logitech HD Pro C920 webcam
  • Old Logitech 5.1 speakers
  • Generic mic stand (clamps to desk)
  • Perinexx large desk matt
  • Generic desk lamp

For testing responsive websites I build, I use the following mobiles and tablets:

  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 5s
  • LG Nexus 4
  • LG G3
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Kindle Fire 10
  • iPad Mini

Not forgetting notepads, pens and pencils! I have probably forgotten many things, but I will update this if I have.

Make sure to check out for a list of everyone's /uses pages!