There are many things that designers typically have at their desks or in their offices. I’m writing this post as a mockumentary of what items constitute a stereotypical designer. Here you will find a list of 15 items that you obviously need to have in your workspace in order to call yourself a designer, of course.
This item is rudimentary to say the least; I don’t think any other device compares as this is the very first staple in a designer’s arsenal.
The second thing you should always have is your graphics tablet so that you don’t use a mouse like ‘normal’ people. Any design with a Wacom tablet is just so much more stunning.
We designers love our coffees but sometimes the cafés are closed so we need to make our own. For those who don’t have their extensive brewing set up there is a solution – Keurig brews coffee like no one’s business.
Of course every designer needs to have that one special mug. This mug should be quirky and represent you well – whether you enjoy a simple design or typography filled mug it does not matter. You just should have that special mug of yours that will help you get through the thick and thin of any project by providing you with a delicious beverage.
I found headphones come in handy for two reasons. First, they obviously allow you to zone out while listening to some sweet tunes. And two, when you have them in – or on – people seem to bother you less which means less interruptions and more focus.
Now that you have your headphones in, let’s listen to some tunes. I think Spotify or Rdio are great at getting you amazing music on multiple devices even for free. Some of their free radio stations are amazing and much more efficient than iTunes or even “borrowing’ music from the internet yourself.
Of course this list would not be complete without the other two big Apple products. iPad actually serves as a good toy for games as well as testing your responsive designs. When it comes to the iPhone, it is the preferred phone by designers because of the stylish design and the awesome available apps which help with productivity and on-the-go fun.
Wireframing any type of UI is just impossible unless it is done on a dot grid paper. Anything else for drawing out concepts is simple not acceptable, those dots are what makes the wireframes and alters the design.
Okay, for moments when we are not designing, we need to take notes and doodle; this is what Moleskin was made for. Dot grids were meant for some serious wireframing sketches while Moleskin allows our creative mind to flourish though rigorous note taking and sketching like there is no tomorrow.
And lastly, any writing, sketching or doodling is always done with a Sharpie. Those markers are what make our thumbnails and sketches look so designer-y. There is something special about Sharpies that makes them the best writing tool a designer could ever ask for.
Yes, on a serious, and less sarcastic, note I’ve listed these items simply because most designers actually use them; but, we use them to get our jobs done. These items help us accomplish our design goals and get our projects from simple ideas and vision to concrete, sexy designs. It’s the little things like Sharpies that help a lot as well as the bigger things like a good solid computer that truly make us designers invincible.