What do you do?
I’m a designer based in Makati City, Philippines. I currently work in a Media Agency as an Art Director and worked on multitude of brands for more than a decade now. My personal work is mostly based on chaos theory and music that I’m currently listening to.
My Set up and workflow
I’m currently using a high-end 15” MacBook Pro with Retina Display (late 2015) that I bought early last year. I came from a 21.5” iMac (Mid 2011 model) which sit in a nice glass surface with aluminium base. I switched from a desktop set-up to a laptop to save some space and for mobility. I have a Harman/Kardon Soundstick III that I use as an AirPlay speaker hooked on an Airport Express. Most of the time, I listen to iTunes using Grado SR325e connected to a Schitt Fulla portable DAC/amplifier. I also have a Technics turntable connected to a PSB speakers at home. At work, I have the same set-up but with a less powerful 15” rMBP.
What software do you use
I’ve been using 1Password since version 2.5 and I couldn’t live without it. If you asked me what my password is for a specific site I won't be able to answer it since 1Password handles it all with a unique generated password every time. I’ve upgraded my 1Password to a 1Password Families account so I can easily share accounts and passwords to my girlfriend (so she doesn’t keep on asking for our Netflix password). TextExpander contains snippets of my most used words like my email, home address, etc. (sadly, TextExpander needed an admin password so no use at work) Yoink let’s you temporarily store dragged files on a small container for later use. I don't think I’d survive a Mac without Yoink, its one of those apps that you didn’t think you need so kudos to my fave developer, Matthias Gansrigler whose making such wonderful apps for Mac.
For cloud storage, I use iCloud Drive to ensure my photos are backed-up and available to all my device. Most of the apps like Sketch, Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, Soulver, Keynote files resides on my iCloud Drive. Since MacOS Sierra launched, I now let iCloud handles all recent project files so I can access them at home when I needed to. I never had an issue with iCloud with synching files. I also have iTunes Match to store all my music, making it available to all my device. For back up, I use a combination of Time Machine with a 2TB WD external drive and Backblaze for online back up. Over the years, hard drives had failed me, losing important files along the way. Backblaze is my way of ensuring that in the event that my drive fails or if my Mac get stolen, all my files are safely stored in Backblaze servers. Time Machine makes sure that I have an hourly and monthly back up of my Mac letting me go back to numerous old versions of my files or files that I have accidentally deleted. Can’t count the times Time Machine has saved me.
For music, I recently switched to Apple Music when Rdio shut down last year. There are far more benefits for me to use Apple Music than any other streaming service since I get my music primarily on iTunes and I don't need to use two different service to listen to music. Plus I have iTunes Match enabled. The only downside for me with Apple Music is that streaming is unreliable even on fast connection. I find it easier to just add the album or playlist to my library and download it rather than stream.
Task management is handled by 2Do and I hope I can stick to it. I’ve been thru Things 1, Wunderlist, Omnifocus 2, then Things 2 and now 2Do. So far, it has features that I like that Omnifocus has ands it’s more powerful than Things and it just fits it to my workflow. I recommended you try different task managers before you settle into one that really works for you.
For my design work, I am still heavily invested in Adobe Creative Cloud. Two years ago I made a jump with Creative Cloud starting with Photography Plan but since I’ve been missing a better alternative to iMovie, I decided to just subscribe to the full suite of Creative Cloud to get Adobe Premiere and Adobe Illustrator. At work, Adobe Creative Suite is our main design tool. On the side, I’m using Affinity Designer especially for personal and freelance work. I’ve been using Adobe Illustrator for more than a decade but I love using Designer more. For Web design work, I use Bohemian Coding’s Sketch , Tumult Hype, and Panic’s Coda. I use InVision to prototype my work and I was hoping they would release a native app in the future so I wouldn’t have to worry about my connection. I manage all my design assets with Pixa, making sure that my icons, and illustrations is easily searchable whenever I need it. I also use Evernote to handle my scanned artwork thru Scannable.
For writing, I primarily use Ulysses on the Mac and iOS. For note-taking I am slowly transitioning from using NValt + Simplenote workflow to Bear Notes. Bear Notes can handle images and also handles Markdown pretty well. For Markdown editing, I use Marked 2.
What mobile devices do you have?
I currently have an 128GB iPad Air with LTE and a 128GB Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus. I didn’t opt for bigger space since iCloud back up my photos and videos. I don't store a lot of videos/music on my phone and I have trimmed all apps that I don't really use. If I don't use a certain app for 3-4 times a week, it doesn't merit a space on my phone. If I don't need it at the time, I can just easily re-download it again. I also owned an Apple Watch. The Apple Watch had helped me get fit and made sure that I keep track of my activity and goals everyday.
What app do you use on your iPhone?
My iPhone kinda works like a Swiss Army knife. It handles so much aspect of my life. For me, the iPhone goes beyond as a messaging device. It is so personalized to my needs, I use Dispatch to check and respond to my emails. I also write using Ulysses on my iPhone from time to time. It also let me see what task I have on a day with 2Do. I track my expenses with Next and my man-hours with Hours. Tweetbot is my primary twitter app –I don't think I can use the official twitter app anymore after being on Tweetbot since launch. My iPhone also helps me navigate throughout the city everyday with Google Maps and Uber. Facebook Messenger is my primary chat app since most of my friends used it. I rarely play on my iPhone so I browse Letterboxd when I’m not busy or just looking for new movies to watch. When I travel, my homescreen is tailored to the destination I’m going to. It has Maps and Google Maps, local transit apps, Rego, Currency, Swarm, Foursquare, Airbnb and Sygic Travel.
What apps do you use on your iPad?
My iPad is my primary computer when I’m at home and outside. I use it for productivity, for entertainment and for various scenarios that requires a bigger screen. I use Paprika, a recipe manager/browser when I’m cooking. I also watch Netflix, Filmstruck, Amazon Prime Video, HBOGo, Mubi or Hulu on my iPad at night especially when my girlfriend is asleep or if she’s watching her own show on the TV (I used PlaymoTV to access US channels/services). My iPad also lets me read comics regularly with Comixology. I read news using Flipboard and consume RSS thru Feedbin using Unread. I also play games on my iPad with Vainglory, a mobile MMO. There are also instances where my iPad is the only computer I have when I’m outside and I find it capable on its own. I’ve edited websites thru Panic’s Coda for iOS, uploaded files on the FTP using Transmit. I’ve also written a couple of blog post on Ulysses. I’ve also used it to create presentation on Keynote and presented to a client just using my iPad connected to a projector. So far, the iPad has so many uses that if budget permits, I would love to upgrade to an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil.
What is your ideal set up?
For now, I switched to a MacBook Pro with Retina from iMac to save space. But I would still love to have a dedicated desktop in the future. I want my MacBook Pro hooked up to a larger screen with external keyboard and a trackpad. I also want a Mac mini to run OS X Server and handle my iTunes movies. I used to have an OS X Server running on my iMac to handle Time Machine back up, application cache and file server for all our devices at home. I find running an MacOS Server to be indispensable especially if you have multiple devices at home.
what app/s you can't live without?
1Password and Tweetbot.