2018 12.9” iPad Pro + second-gen Pencil (+ a Smart Keyboard Folio + a Brydge keyboard). I’ve been extremely passionate about iPad since the original, but this iteration is an enormous leap forward. I take my iPad with me practically everywhere.
As my iPhones have gotten larger (iPhone 7, X, XS Max), I started doing more work from them because it was less painful, but it slowed me down. iPad is far superior for work.
iPhone 11 Pro. It’s only a big upgrade from the XS in 2 ways—camera & battery—but those are massive. It’s the first iPhone I never worry about charging, because it always lasts the day. Night Mode & the Ultra Wide lens add fantastic flexibility to photography. Absolutely love this iPhone. I keep it caseless.
Apple Watch (Series 4). More of a life tool than a creative tool, but improving my fitness + sleep helps me be more creative.
2018 MacBook Pro 13” with Touch Bar. I want to get rid of Macs in my workflow for a fully-iPad life, but the developer tools just aren’t available on iPad yet. I find the windows, notifications, customization, filesystem, apps, etc of macOS a distracting nightmare to use & it wastes my time. I want to write Shortcuts, not script a filesystem I wish I didn’t have to deal with. The majority of my meaningful coding still happens at my mac.
Sometimes, an external 21” display at my desk. While I’m coding, connected to my MacBook Pro. Just as often connected to my iPad—even larger screen for reading, watching stuff. (Idea 100% via Federico Viticci.) Really disappointing how few apps support external displays, & iOS is super limiting here.
In the past, used a Wacom Intuos, but my iPad/Pencil subsumed all that.
GoodNotes, for handwriting. In classes, during calls, to make wireframes/mockups of interfaces I’m designing. It’s simply the best for taking notes in class.
Figma, for designing assets. I never use design tools like Figma/Illustrator/Sketch for designing my sites/UIs—it’s far too high a fidelity & it’s just rectangles. It’s great for logos, icons, social cards, etc.
VSCode for Mac, where I spend many hours/week coding. It’s focused on being a great code editor, which it is, not a creative tool, but a huge chunk of my creative output goes through code in VSCode.
Drafts on iOS, as a scratchpad when I want to write text down super quickly.
iA Writer (mostly iPad, occasionally iPhone/Mac). For writing anything long + all school-related writing. Markdown is huge for me—it’s my mental framework of text, keeping my words in plain text + having separate “render targets”/templates/stylesheets. iA is one of a few companies that really thinks about thinking & build a tool for that.