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'definitive' list of things designers "should" (if they could) own

Discussion in 'General Software & Hardware Forum:' started by Renniks, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. Renniks

    Renniks Senior Member

    Hey hey.
    :up:
    I'm wanting to start a list of everything everyone here suggests us, as designers, should own (or have), if we could.

    Mainly so I can have an idea of what I should look at buying, but also for anyone else who wants the info.

    Please add your suggestions or amendments. :D

    Hardware
    • Desktop Computer - Some people preferring an I-mac over a PC, but all in all, an I-mac or a [2.3Ghz+ dual core, 4gb+, semi ok graphics card] min spec PC usually does the job. Some people prefer to have both.
    • A laptop - the useful item to take everywhere and anywhere. Again Macbook or notebook. Notebooks becoming ever cheaper, with dual core, 2gb+ ram as standard.
    • Net book - light, inexpensive, easy to transport. Not as useful to designers regarding the small screen and low spec, but still a great item.
    • Servers - not as important, but some people couldn't live without them, and if you feel in the need for one, definately worth looking at.
    Software
    • Adobe® Creative Suite® - nothing needed to be said here, if you don't know about it, you need to go else where :D
    • An "Office" package - useful for word processing, business needs, presentations, and other such things
    • Text editor - vary across OS's, many articles on this online. Notepad++ my personal favourite.
    • FTP Client - again personal preference defines this, Filezilla my personal favourite.
    • Internet Browser - Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, IE 6 / 7 / 8 - you get the idea.
    • Some others - Gimp, Inkscape, Color Cop, Firefox Addons, all are useful to have (Many more here)
    • QuarkXpress - desktop publishing software, not got any knowledge on this, am positive it is awesome though :D
    • Remote desktop software - (eg windows live mesh ) for accessing your computer from anywhere

    Peripherals
    • Graphics Tablet - Wacom is currently valued as the leading in this market, definately worth getting.
    • Phone - Iphone, Palm pre, blackberry, smart phone, all the usuals. Personal preference, though the Iphone is definitely worth considering if you have the money (I dont have one mind you)
    • Good keyboard + mouse - Personal preference, not much else to say here.
    • Flash drives + External Harddrives - personal to how much you need and where you will use them. Advice : Dont buy chinese off ebay.
    • Second (or third) monitor - very useful for viewing things in this line of work, have inspiration open while designing or ideas or anything you want.
    • Network attatched storage - personal preference, but very useful, especially if you change the computer you use regularly.
    • Scanner + Printer - definately worth getting, personally no knowledge of these but I'm sure others do if you ask
    • 3D mouse for some people is very beneficial
    • PDA - being negated by phone software more and more, but still useful for alot of things.
    • Monitor switch if you need one for multiple computers on multiple screens
    • Ipod touch (or other similar next-gen media players, new sony one sounds brillaint)
    • Broadband dongle - for connecting anywhere (can be done through phones aswell)
    • Wireless dongle if not built in ...

    Other Stuff
    • Design Books - need help with this, suggestions, or lists anyone?
    • Web Hosting - very useful to have a space online for anything you need to host.
    • Carrying cases for laptop - personal preference on this, I personally like messenger bags, though some people despise them.
    • Sketchbook (Moleskine!) - where everything begins :D
    • Pens, pencils, etc.
    • Whiteboards - for lists and such
    • Magna Doodle - as used by mrp, (very much like a kids one)
    • Broadband! - needed for so much. Very useful with WiFi
    • VOIP, skype, or similar can be very useful indeed.
    • Office furniture - very personal set-up, some advice can be found all over the net
    • Colour swatches - lots of "these" online but nothing beats physical ones.
    • Post-It notes! for everything?!

    Camera - Not as much info for this but if someone wants to complete this section I will chuck it in :D

    So thats all I've done so far :) suggestions, info, etc. please :D

    Lots of space to fit it in
     
  2. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    dont forget lots of space to fit it all in!
     
  3. Nice list, but you are just making me want to go and spend money I dont have.

    I'm using a crappy old 20 quid Sony Ericsson, as my Razr just broke. New laptop would be nice too!
     
  4. Renniks

    Renniks Senior Member

    Haha, yeh I'm currently wanting to buy the graphics tablet, MBP, spare monitor, design books, flash drive, netbook...
     
  5. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Don't forget the sketch book and fineliner/pencil...where it all begins.
     
  6. sarah

    sarah Member

    Quark Express?
     
  7. Renniks

    Renniks Senior Member

    added them :D

    *looks embarassed about not adding typo's before, went shopping for some of that proper design stuff ;) yesterday
     
  8. Tom Sound

    Tom Sound Active Member

    A Block? Every designer gets one of those at some point
     
  9. charles

    charles Senior Member

    I learned all of my foundation editing skills in GIMP it's an awesome program!

    yup def quark over indesign even tho I have indesign as part of CS4...I'm not sure why, maybe cos I prefer the desktop icon :)

    Colour swatches are a useful tool; though expensive to build a good library

    Out of interest, who uses a 64bit version of windows?
     
  10. If I could own it, I would just have a new desktop Mac with cinema display, I already have all the programs I need .. :) one day :) when I win Lotto :D :lol:
     
  11. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Lets see (note I'm a little different :))

    I've got the below (collected over the years :))-

    Broadband (in my case 8down, 0.8up)
    Wifi Router etc to connect it all up
    Voip Phone System
    (Synology) NAS - this has a ftp and web server built in so I can link in from the web.
    File server (needs updating) - also used for rendering
    Workstation (needs updating)
    2x displays
    scanners - a4 ocr, a4 flatbed and 35mm negative
    printers - a4, a3 and a2 sizes
    Keyboard/Mouse
    3d Connexion Spacepilot - 3D mouse
    Intuos 3 A5 wide graphics tablet
    office furniture
    PDA - sat nav mostly now
    Laptop (hardly use it)
    External hard drives
    Software - Windows Live mesh software is especially handy (its remote desktop from anywhere for free at the moment :))
    paper, pencils, marker pens etc
    Drawing board
    Books (mine are 3D orientated)
    Nikon F80 plus lenses etc

    What I want to get (and will eventually)

    3x Quad i7, 12GB, Quadro fx 580 PCs (faster or more if theres other options) Renderfarm (multiple computers used in tandem to render 3D work) - not needed for you 2D people and works out about the same cost as an 8 core mac pro but is faster for my needs :p
    D90 (or equivalent digicam)
    Lower power server
    2x bigger screens + switch to link into all pc's
    An updated mobile phone when Vodafone finally deal with my issue (or I move!)
    Macbook Pro so that I have mac and windows software available.
    ipod touch (waiting for update)

    And I wouldn't mind a proper co-lo hosted web server where I can give client access etc but that isn't urgent in any means of the word :)
     
  12. Renniks

    Renniks Senior Member

    Thanks levi :D awesome post, will add-in those that are missing from the original post :D
     
  13. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    I forgot the most important thing on the wish list - Berry :)
     
  14. berry

    berry Active Member


    That's OK, just add a broadband dongle to the list for the laptop and you'll have me!:D
     
  15. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    I've got one of the 3 dongles sitting here Berry :p
     
  16. Renniks

    Renniks Senior Member

    added to the list, where do I collect you :D
     
  17. Renniks

    Renniks Senior Member

    Might try pick up one of those without paying postage as I'm on a contract with them.
     
  18. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    An active forum where you can get feedback? ;)
     
  19. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Yup, a Berry is always handy...just as well he's pocket sized....;)
     
  20. berry

    berry Active Member

    I'm working on turning me into an Apple iPhone application.........
     

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