Cate Huston


Cate Huston

Who are you, and what do you do?

I work at Automattic as the 📱👑. Expressed in words rather than emoji (although why would you want to), I lead a team of 27, including designers, iOS, and Android developers. We work mainly on the WordPress mobile apps.

Outside of my job I have various projects, including running a newsletter called Technically Speaking with my friend Chiu-Ki.

What hardware do you use?

So much hardware. I have two phones, two tablets, and two computers.

Google Pixel – I love this phone. Great camera, fingerprint unlock. Big improvement hardware-wise on my last Android phone (I think that was a Nexus 5).

iPhone 7, in rose gold, super pretty, love the camera.

Pixel C with Keyboard. My "work tablet", actually I'm writing this on it. I love the keyboard, although hardware keyboard support on apps (even Gmail!) is not always the best. I prefer working on this than the iPad, partly because of the keyboard, partly because the Google apps are better. I just wish emoji was easier. Also pro-tip: at airports they think it's a laptop. Which I guess is fair – it's about as heavy as one.

iPad Air 2. My fun tablet, I mostly use it to watch TV shows in the gym and on planes. I sometimes write on it, or read articles.

2016 Macbook, pink. My personal computor, aka "pinkputor". It's tiny and light enough to carry in most of my handbags (weighs less than the Pixel C), and completely adorable. But also fast and powerful enough to do most things I want to do on it without any problems (even running Android Studio!)

2016 MacBook Pro, Space Grey 13". Work computer. Yes I have the Touch Bar. I didn't realise until I got it that it has Touch ID on it! That's super awesome. I'm so tired of constantly typing passwords.

Kindle. Love that thing. I don't read books any other way.

I used to have a pink Apple Watch, but it died. Before I had a Moto 360. I prefer the Android Watch UX, but they don't seem to make them for women – they are all too big for my wrists. For now, I've given up on smart watches. I have a Nike Fuelband which tells me the time, and a Spire that tells me when I seem tense.

Aside from devices, headphones are important to me. I've not bought Earpods (yet!) – they look nice, but I have too many Android devices and I'm worried I'll lose them. I love my noise cancelling Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones, and after years of searching I've finally found the perfect Bluetooth headphones – beautiful pink Sony h.ear on Wireless.

And what software?

Simplenote! I live in this app. It's where I keep my running documents of things to do or think about in a given week, where I draft all my blog posts and letters. It syncs across every device, so I always have it there to capture what I'm thinking.

WordPress – so much WordPress! I run my main site (cate.blog) on it, and also my photo blog (photo.cate.blog) and various other sites. We also use it very heavily at work. I tend to use the web on the computers, and the apps on my devices.

GitHub. For code and issues, but we also use it for Technically Speaking

Google Docs. For things that can't be checked into GitHub (or shared on a blog).

TinyLetter. We use this for Technically Speaking, and I also use it for my personal newsletter Where the Hell is Cate.

Slack. Main communication for work (aside from internal blogs, or "p2s"). I also co-admin a Slack team for newer eng managers.

Twitter. I use DMs instead of texting and most of my friends are on there!

GMail. I hate email. For my personal inbox I mainly respond in The Email Game. The UX is not the best, but it makes me respond to 50 emails at a time which is helpful.

Photo apps (mainly iPhone): Google Photos, Instagram, Rookie Cam (so many filters), and the one I made – Show & Hide.

Spotify – on all my devices, I listen to music constantly.

Xcode and Android Studio – because I'm still a developer at heart 🙂 Also SourceTree, because I find it makes Git easier.

What would be your dream setup?

I wish Apple and Android devices worked together better. Sometimes I use my Android phone more, but I can't pair it with my Watch (and when I had an Android wear, I couldn't pair it with my iPhone). I can't use my Android Tablet with my Apple TV. If things work across platform, it's normally because of the apps. Although I'm currently a bit mystified as to how Google Photos has selected which photos to back up from my iPhone and why it didn't back up all of them. I find myself going to certain devices for certain things, and sometimes this is good – like having a separate device with all my work accounts. But for my personal stuff, I wish it would flow between things more easily.

This is also the case within platforms when it comes to developer tooling. Why can't I run things on my phones from Xcode or Android Studio via Bluetooth?


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Delilah Dawson


Delilah Dawson

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm Delilah S. Dawson, and I'm a writer who really loves cake. My first comic is Ladycastle from BOOM! Studios. I have two stories in the Star Wars universe, The Perfect Weapon and Scorched. For novels, I've got the Blud series, the Hit series, Servants of the Storm, and the Shadow series, starting with Wake of Vultures and written as Lila Bowen. I have short stories in anthologies like Hellboy: An Assortment of Horror and Vampire the Masquerade: Endless Ages, plus a Shadowman novella called Follow Me Boy. I also teach writing classes online for LitReactor.

I once wrote an article about writing your first sex scene that coined the term "humpalicious", went viral, and got picked up by Cosmo.

What hardware do you use?

I write on a 2014 13" MacBook Air. I read e-books and galleys using the Kindle and B&N apps on an aged iPad Mini. My phone is a Samsung Go Prime that I bought refurbished for $50 in January because I can't be trusted with nice things. I already dropped it in a toilet at a con. It recovered.

A great travel bag is really important for me, so I love my Osprey Cyber for its padded laptop sleeve, cord compartment, and ability to get me through a 3-day trip with no checked bags. I tuck my ApenBird hip bag in my carryon for cons and hands-free walkin'. My favorite earbuds and headphones are from UrbanEars. For note taking, I keep a cheap mini notebook in my purse, one in my car, and a stack of index cards at my kitchen table, where I work all day. I battle SAD, so I start each morning with a SAD light and drink Crio Bru instead of coffee.

And if we're talking about travel, I live off Kind bars since I can't eat gluten anymore, take packets of Emergen-C and Natural Calm, and go to sleep with an eye bra and some Unisom tablets while watching (or listening to, really) Netflix. Current favorite sleeping show: Bob's Burgers.

And what software?

I do all my writing on OpenOffice (because it's free!). Each project has a playlist on my Spotify channel, and I pay for Spotify Premium so I can take my playlists with me anywhere, without ads. I keep a tab for Thesaurus.com open constantly and watch movies on Netflix in the background while I write, especially action movies that feature Vikings, centurions, or other dirt-spackled people fighting to the death. I pretty much live on Twitter and have an Instagram, although my author Facebook page has been rendered useless by their usual skullduggery. Oh! And I use PicMonkey for making graphics and editing photos.

What would be your dream setup?

I have everything I need, although I would love to get rid of the guilt I feel every time a MacBook Air dies and I have to go plunk down cash for a new one. I abuse them horribly. So a MacBook Air that would live forever while being used 16 hours a day and not burning my thighs would be fabulous.

Ultimately, my dream setup would be to get to work from interesting places all around the world, especially near the ocean. I try to find fun experiences everywhere I go – trapeze lessons in DC, shows in NYC, surfing class in Kauai, ziplining over Florida swamps, driving through the Arizona desert under the full moon. As long as I have my laptop and wifi, I can get my work done.

Also, I would like a new gallbladder and a functional thyroid gland so I could go back to eating gluten and fat and coffee and red wine like a normal person.


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Delilah Dawson


Delilah Dawson

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm Delilah S. Dawson, and I'm a writer who really loves cake. My first comic is Ladycastle from BOOM! Studios. I have two stories in the Star Wars universe, The Perfect Weapon and Scorched. For novels, I've got the Blud series, the Hit series, Servants of the Storm, and the Shadow series, starting with Wake of Vultures and written as Lila Bowen. I have short stories in anthologies like Hellboy: An Assortment of Horror and Vampire the Masquerade: Endless Ages, plus a Shadowman novella called Follow Me Boy. I also teach writing classes online for LitReactor.

I once wrote an article about writing your first sex scene that coined the term "humpalicious", went viral, and got picked up by Cosmo.

What hardware do you use?

I write on a 2014 13" MacBook Air. I read e-books and galleys using the Kindle and B&N apps on an aged iPad Mini. My phone is a Samsung Go Prime that I bought refurbished for $50 in January because I can't be trusted with nice things. I already dropped it in a toilet at a con. It recovered.

A great travel bag is really important for me, so I love my Osprey Cyber for its padded laptop sleeve, cord compartment, and ability to get me through a 3-day trip with no checked bags. I tuck my ApenBird hip bag in my carryon for cons and hands-free walkin'. My favorite earbuds and headphones are from UrbanEars. For note taking, I keep a cheap mini notebook in my purse, one in my car, and a stack of index cards at my kitchen table, where I work all day. I battle SAD, so I start each morning with a SAD light and drink Crio Bru instead of coffee.

And if we're talking about travel, I live off Kind bars since I can't eat gluten anymore, take packets of Emergen-C and Natural Calm, and go to sleep with an eye bra and some Unisom tablets while watching (or listening to, really) Netflix. Current favorite sleeping show: Bob's Burgers.

And what software?

I do all my writing on OpenOffice (because it's free!). Each project has a playlist on my Spotify channel, and I pay for Spotify Premium so I can take my playlists with me anywhere, without ads. I keep a tab for Thesaurus.com open constantly and watch movies on Netflix in the background while I write, especially action movies that feature Vikings, centurions, or other dirt-spackled people fighting to the death. I pretty much live on Twitter and have an Instagram, although my author Facebook page has been rendered useless by their usual skullduggery. Oh! And I use PicMonkey for making graphics and editing photos.

What would be your dream setup?

I have everything I need, although I would love to get rid of the guilt I feel every time a MacBook Air dies and I have to go plunk down cash for a new one. I abuse them horribly. So a MacBook Air that would live forever while being used 16 hours a day and not burning my thighs would be fabulous.

Ultimately, my dream setup would be to get to work from interesting places all around the world, especially near the ocean. I try to find fun experiences everywhere I go – trapeze lessons in DC, shows in NYC, surfing class in Kauai, ziplining over Florida swamps, driving through the Arizona desert under the full moon. As long as I have my laptop and wifi, I can get my work done.

Also, I would like a new gallbladder and a functional thyroid gland so I could go back to eating gluten and fat and coffee and red wine like a normal person.


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Cate Huston


Cate Huston

Who are you, and what do you do?

I work at Automattic as the 📱👑. Expressed in words rather than emoji (although why would you want to), I lead a team of 27, including designers, iOS, and Android developers. We work mainly on the WordPress mobile apps.

Outside of my job I have various projects, including running a newsletter called Technically Speaking with my friend Chiu-Ki.

What hardware do you use?

So much hardware. I have two phones, two tablets, and two computers.

Google Pixel – I love this phone. Great camera, fingerprint unlock. Big improvement hardware-wise on my last Android phone (I think that was a Nexus 5).

iPhone 7, in rose gold, super pretty, love the camera.

Pixel C with Keyboard. My "work tablet", actually I'm writing this on it. I love the keyboard, although hardware keyboard support on apps (even Gmail!) is not always the best. I prefer working on this than the iPad, partly because of the keyboard, partly because the Google apps are better. I just wish emoji was easier. Also pro-tip: at airports they think it's a laptop. Which I guess is fair – it's about as heavy as one.

iPad Air 2. My fun tablet, I mostly use it to watch TV shows in the gym and on planes. I sometimes write on it, or read articles.

2016 Macbook, pink. My personal computor, aka "pinkputor". It's tiny and light enough to carry in most of my handbags (weighs less than the Pixel C), and completely adorable. But also fast and powerful enough to do most things I want to do on it without any problems (even running Android Studio!)

2016 MacBook Pro, Space Grey 13". Work computer. Yes I have the Touch Bar. I didn't realise until I got it that it has Touch ID on it! That's super awesome. I'm so tired of constantly typing passwords.

Kindle. Love that thing. I don't read books any other way.

I used to have a pink Apple Watch, but it died. Before I had a Moto 360. I prefer the Android Watch UX, but they don't seem to make them for women – they are all too big for my wrists. For now, I've given up on smart watches. I have a Nike Fuelband which tells me the time, and a Spire that tells me when I seem tense.

Aside from devices, headphones are important to me. I've not bought Earpods (yet!) – they look nice, but I have too many Android devices and I'm worried I'll lose them. I love my noise cancelling Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones, and after years of searching I've finally found the perfect Bluetooth headphones – beautiful pink Sony h.ear on Wireless.

And what software?

Simplenote! I live in this app. It's where I keep my running documents of things to do or think about in a given week, where I draft all my blog posts and letters. It syncs across every device, so I always have it there to capture what I'm thinking.

WordPress – so much WordPress! I run my main site (cate.blog) on it, and also my photo blog (photo.cate.blog) and various other sites. We also use it very heavily at work. I tend to use the web on the computers, and the apps on my devices.

GitHub. For code and issues, but we also use it for Technically Speaking

Google Docs. For things that can't be checked into GitHub (or shared on a blog).

TinyLetter. We use this for Technically Speaking, and I also use it for my personal newsletter Where the Hell is Cate.

Slack. Main communication for work (aside from internal blogs, or "p2s"). I also co-admin a Slack team for newer eng managers.

Twitter. I use DMs instead of texting and most of my friends are on there!

GMail. I hate email. For my personal inbox I mainly respond in The Email Game. The UX is not the best, but it makes me respond to 50 emails at a time which is helpful.

Photo apps (mainly iPhone): Google Photos, Instagram, Rookie Cam (so many filters), and the one I made – Show & Hide.

Spotify – on all my devices, I listen to music constantly.

Xcode and Android Studio – because I'm still a developer at heart 🙂 Also SourceTree, because I find it makes Git easier.

What would be your dream setup?

I wish Apple and Android devices worked together better. Sometimes I use my Android phone more, but I can't pair it with my Watch (and when I had an Android wear, I couldn't pair it with my iPhone). I can't use my Android Tablet with my Apple TV. If things work across platform, it's normally because of the apps. Although I'm currently a bit mystified as to how Google Photos has selected which photos to back up from my iPhone and why it didn't back up all of them. I find myself going to certain devices for certain things, and sometimes this is good – like having a separate device with all my work accounts. But for my personal stuff, I wish it would flow between things more easily.

This is also the case within platforms when it comes to developer tooling. Why can't I run things on my phones from Xcode or Android Studio via Bluetooth?


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Nora Reed


Nora Reed

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm Nora Reed, and mostly I'm known for making Twitter bots. My most well known ones are @thinkpiecebot, @infinite_scream, and @TumblrSimulator, but I have over 70.

What hardware do you use?

Currently, I use an ASUS ROG G752VY-DH72 gaming laptop – I wanted a PC that I could take to my lovefriend's house so that we can play Overwatch together from the same room, and I use the same machine for my bot work/writing/etc.

I also use a Logitech M570 trackball mouse, which, since it's a trackball, I can put anywhere. Right now I'm sitting cross-legged and it's on my foot.

I had to buy a special backpack to carry this monster of a laptop around, and Brinch is the only company that makes one that doesn't scream "gamer". I can put all my computer stuff in there and carry it around, though.

And what software?

I do most of my work from inside Chrome; I code everything in Tracery's visual editor and then copy it over to Cheap Bots Done Quick when I'm done. I often make lists in Notepad and then use delim.co to turn them into usable code.

What would be your dream setup?

I'm pretty happy with what I have, my only complaint is that the only laptop that I can use for both my art and gaming weighs approximately six thousand pounds. I could probably just get a lighter laptop to work on, but I am stubborn about using one machine to do everything. My dream setup is probably the same as what I'm already using, except with some kind of robot butler that carried it all around for me.


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Katie Rose Pipkin


Katie Rose Pipkin

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm KR Pipkin, I make generative books, bots, games, and software. I also make drawings on paper, and collaborative work under the label Withering Systems. I'm currently in Pittsburgh, PA, at Carnegie Mellon University. Right now, I'm thinking a lot about the commodification of commons on the internet.

What hardware do you use?

A MacBook Pro, fairly close to the start of its life. A Brother laser printer and a Star receipt printer. I keep notes in the Mac OS Stickies app (some hundreds of thousands of words at this point) and I keep a physical notebook of no particular brand which fills up roughly every 8 months and gets placed on a shelf with the others.

(I'm also currently borrowing an AxiDraw pen plotter, which has changed my life!)

I generally travel as much as I can, so much of my work becomes centered on the screen or is pocket-sized. I'm still getting used to having a studio where I can gather equipment. It is a luxury~

And what software?

Almost entirely just JavaScript/Node.js. I sometimes end up using various JS frameworks, or Unity, but I tend to regret it – right now it is easier to just roll my own systems than deal with confusing documentation or other people's solutions. I'm looking forward to having a project that needs a level of system management beyond my capacities, though!

What would be your dream setup?

Um, well, I'd really like more toys to be honest. I'd love to have a good color printer or a risograph. I'd die for a plotter of my very own. I think a touchscreen or Wacom tablet would change my process in possibly-interesting ways. I'm interested in drones. I love arches paper and copic pens. I miss living with a piano.

(I'd really like all of these things in house in a desert.)


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Zahra Zainal


Zahra Zainal

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm Zahra Zainal, an illustrator and graphic recorder based in Melbourne, Australia.

What hardware do you use?

For illustration: I use a 12.9" iPad Pro + Apple Pencil.

I used to always carry a sketchbook for sketching on-the-go. Now, it's my iPad Pro. I'm pretty in love with how clean it is to use. I used to scan my paper drawings and refine them digitally, and the iPad cuts out that step altogether. It makes sharing stuff with clients easier too. It's also the closest thing to a digital sketchbook for me.. I found Cintiqs really hard to get used to!

For design work and admin: I currently have an iMac desktop, with a medium sized Intuos tablet. I'm about to switch over to a 15" MacBook Pro, as I need my entire set-up to be packable for travel.

For writing, exploration and planning: LAMY Safari rollerballs, and large, hard-cover ruled Moleskines. I always try to get Moleskines when they are on sale. Otherwise, it becomes a pretty pricey habit!

I'm also using a Moleskine Monthly notebook to plan. It helps me see what I've spent my time doing, and what I'll be doing in the future. I draw little heart characters at the end of my week, which indicate the overall vibe of the past 7 days.

Bose noise-cancelling headphones help me get into Concentration Zone.

And what software?

Procreate on the iPad Pro is simply divine. The Procreate interface responds the usage patterns of long-time Photoshop users, who are starting to make the switch over to devices. I also sometimes like Tayasui Sketches Pro, or Adobe Sketch for their brushes and blending.

The Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, mainly Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat.

Google Docs and Sheets for planning and sharing.

What would be your dream setup?

A super light, strong, foldable laptop that packs into its own tiny bag. It can also transform into a tablet, to be used with a responsive, pencil-like stylus. It's like if this Kathmandu foldable backpack, the MacBook Pro and the iPad Pro had a baby. Same Moleskin diaries, except they now weigh nothing. THE MOST ULTRA LIGHT SET-UP!

A sun-filled home studio to work out of, or on an Internet-equipped boat, with the sea in front of me.

My cat sitting on my lap as I work, but by choice. This is the part of the dream that is probably hardest to achieve.


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Jenn Schiffer


Jenn Schiffer

Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Jenn Schiffer and I'm an engineer and artist living in Jersey City. I say I live there "on purpose" to thwart tired Jersey jokes and because I'm originally from Brooklyn – so, honestly, I've ~done my time~. I'm in the city virtually every day, though, especially since I started my shiny new job at Fog Creek. They recently hired me as a Community Engineer for Glitch, which is a cool in-browser IDE built around the idea of an inclusive community of coders and learners. I made up the title "Community Engineer" because I think it reflects that this product is for everyone and not just seasoned developers. I have also been engineering some cool stuff with it.

Lately I've been more focused on art and community than on being patient with expensive hardware and software, as is reflected in my mostly hand-me-down Apple collection.

What hardware do you use?

In the office I have a 15" MacBook Pro. I'm still trying to figure out how to get Siri to leave me alone. I keep it in the office because it's ginormous and doesn't fit in my backpack with the rest of my things. At home I have 13" Macbook Pro that I bought off of my last job, so it's a few years old, no Siri to be found! I recently purchased a huge Mac display from a local startup that shut down and needed to liquidate and I keep that on my kitchen table. I also have an office with 2 large HP monitors but it's also my art studio and so it's hard for me to work with all the paper and markers I'm way too busy to properly put away. So, yeah, that's why I have a ginormous display on my kitchen table.

Most of my hardware has been monopolized by Apple just by pure convenience. I just got an iPhone and I love how they don't crack as soon as it hits a surface harder than a pillow feather. If anyone at phone manufacturers are reading this, I want you to know that I know this technology existed well before we put a HABITABLE SATELLITE INTO OUTER SPACE nearly 20 years ago. Anyway, if you asked me the model of my iPhone, all I could say is "it's pink and it doesn't crack anymore, also I wish Siri would leave me alone."

And what software?

I like to live dangerously by browsing with BLEEDING EDGE browser versions like Chrome Canary and Firefox Dev AKA Aurora. Sure, it makes doing video conferencing a living hell because there's always a browser update that breaks it, but video conferencing is supposed to be a living hell to prepare us for the real one.

Over the past month I've been writing all my code in Glitch, but outside of that I've been using Atom. I use the regular Terminal.app that my computers come with but they work for me thanks to custom dotfiles that I've made to add emoji to bash and each command start by addressing me as "princess jenn." I always have an IRC client, Slack, a BLEEDING EDGE browser, Spotify, and Messages open. Today I had to open Skype, which has been emotionally taxing. Please keep me in your thoughts.

What would be your dream setup?

I would love a 13" Macbook Air that can have 16GB+ of memory. And I would like to be able to take it apart to mod it like I used to be able to do to all my old iBooks. I also wish Apple would stop doing that thing where they decide to Thunderbolt everything and then a year later USB-C everything. And taking away the headphone jack was annoying as fuck. I used to build machines for Windows and Linux, but they work so unpredictably (if at all) with various peripherals (ie. any of the 900 projectors I encounter when speaking at conferences) that I cannot adopt them full-time unfortunately. Maybe one day. I just really want Siri to leave me alone.


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Dominik Johann


Dominik Johann

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hi, I'm Dom, a graphic designer and illustrator based in Germany. I'm the art director and a co-founder of Crows Crows Crows. We've made games like Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, And The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist, and Accounting for Virtual Reality. Right now I'm also working on the monochrome Zelda-like Minit. I'm into old cartoons, plants, and music.

What hardware do you use?

Most of my digital art is done on a 13" MacBook Pro. I've got the one with the weird touch bar and it's been glitching out on me a lot, to the point where I can't turn off the keyboard light sometimes.

I draw on a Cintiq screen (which I'd recommend over conventional tablets because it feels a lot more precise and immediate), but at home I've got a big Thunderbolt-knockoff Dell display. There's a little button connected to a cable connected to a hub that switches from my Mac to a PC. That one's used for Real Gaming, or when I bolt virtual reality headsets to my face.

Sometimes I do music and voice work, so I've got a Rode NT1-A microphone hooked up to a bright red Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface. Both are pretty affordable and make voices sound nice. My headphones are Beyerdynamic DT-770, huge but lovely and comfortable.

Sketches, notes and ideas go into a small Leuchtturm1917 book with dotted pages. I can't really deal with pencils so I use Staedler pigment liners exclusively. The 0.2 mm version works perfectly for me.

And what software?

Most of my time is spent in Photoshop CC, a heavy duty tool for almost everything I do in 2D. The animation engine is terrible and unreliable, so I've been trying out Aseprite for pixel art and animation. Illustrator is great for vector things but I recently switched to Affinity Designer, pretty good so far!

My team works in the Unity game engine, which I'm using in combination with Substance Designer for node-based textures and materials. I love to prototype story ideas in Twine, a free little tool for interactive fiction.

There's Ableton Live for music composition and sound design, or when I need a five minute break to just mess around with little loops. Web and application design happens in Sketch, which gets really really good if you use Sketch Toolbox and its plugins!

The more boring ones: odrive to manage my synced Dropbox and Google Drive files (AKA most things on my computers). Sublime Text for code and quick notes. Discord – The Chat for Gamers – for team communication, Asana for planning and productivity, Tower for version control.

On my iPhone, I use Tweetbot and Headspace to adjust my level of calm. And since most of my work is visual I listen to lots of podcasts with Overcast on the side.

What would be your dream setup?

Most days I dream of this: a standing desk, a neutral room with a smooth concrete floor, flooded with natural light, in an office with friends and collaborators doing the same sort of things I do. But I've been travelling a lot and I just wish your typical digital art setup could be more mobile, disconnected from any specific work space. No tower PC rig, laptops only, and I'd love to draw on the go, outside in the grass, maybe on an iPad? There should be lots of cool flora and bird ambience, and a cabin for cooking, music and contemplation.


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Sylvain Tegroeg


Sylvain Tegroeg

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hello! I'm Sylvain Tegroeg, a French designer based in Amsterdam. I'm a multi-disciplinary creative with a broad background in design and applied arts. I've been working for three years as a freelance designer following my graduation at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. While working for myself, I take on commissions for a large range of projects – product design, graphics, but mostly illustrations. I also enjoy photography and 3D modelling in my spare time.

What hardware do you use?

I love to make things with my hands, and this is the reason I've stuck with hand-drawn illustrations. Most of the time I use thin fine liners/Rotring pencils (0.5mm) to create intricate details. I've been sketching in drawing books for at least 10 years, and I still feel the most comfortable with a "minimalistic" black and white art style.

And what software?

I do use high resolution scanners to copy my illustrations and import them into Adobe Photoshop, and to make minor changes to contrast and to keep the maximum authenticity and quality of the image. Once in a while I like to make vector illustrations, and Adobe Illustrator is the perfect tool for that. I used to work in Solidworks and Maya before switching to Rhino for modelling and 3D printing purposes.

I recently learned to work with Unity on the game Hidden Folks, which was a step forward in making my illustrations animated. To communicate while working in a team, I love to use Slack and Trello for their ease of use and organisation.

What would be your dream setup?

This is a tough question! I never really project myself into the future, even though I'm quite imaginative. Maybe I'm already living my dream by making my passion into my profession, working with great designers. So my wish is to keep this going as it is, and have more cool projects come along!

I might like to set myself up a bit away from the dense city life, have my own studio space/gallery or a pop-up shop to show off my earlier and upcoming projects.


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