Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Zach Gage, I make videogames and art.
What hardware do you use?
I actually just did a total overhaul on my extremely-aged digital setup a few months ago so it's all probably a little boring — I use a 13" 2017 MacBook Pro, a 5K LG UltraFine display. I prop my MacBook up on an old IndieBox box. I keep cool with a Vornado Zippi fan which was harvested from a friend's company when they moved offices. It sounds exactly like a physical hard-drive reading and writing a ton of data when it's on. I also have an old Vew-Do balance board for keeping me focused on long calls.
I work at a standing desk that is built out of a desk my dad made a long time ago with some MultiTable legs on it. I use a Drobo 5N2 for backup.
And what software?
For the art and web stuff I use Adobe Creative Cloud (mostly Photoshop and Illustrator. Sometimes Dreamweaver and InDesign) and Glyphs (in most of my games I use fonts as my sprite-sheets so I can use Text Mesh Pro to handle their scaling).
For font management (super important!) I use FontExplorer X.
For building sound effects I use Logic Pro X.
For trailers, Final Cut Pro X.
Direct Mail is a lifesaver for sending out big press blasts.
I keep all my to-do lists in TextEdit.
Backblaze has saved my bacon once or twice.
ColorSnapper 2 is so handy for matching colors when moving between Unity and the Adobe products.
And Fantastical 2 keeps my schedule organized!
What would be your dream setup?
I wish my NAS could run Plex adequately, I had an external thunderbolt GPU for my laptop, and someone would come over with a magic box that would compile my Xcode builds faster.
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