As some of you know I just started a mini series showcasing different artists and the tools in their creative toolbox. I started it off a couple of weeks ago sharing my MUST HAVES for doing what I do. And I am pretty excited to have Shauna Haider from here today to share HER must haves as well. Shauna has a really unique style, a killer design sense, and she has created a very cohesive knock out personal brand! BE sure to check out her blog, follow her on twitter, and give her a proper welcome in the comment section!! I’m diggin her creative toolbox items… here it goes…

When I was first starting out, I had a cheap IKEA chair but after a few hours of sitting, my back would be killing me. I noticed that when I freelanced at agencies and sat in their Aeron chairs, my back still felt great at the end of the day. Search Ebay and Craigslist if you’re in the market for one — I found mine brand new on Ebay for WAY less than retail.

This is such a game changer for music lovers! I love that I can listen to new albums in their entirety immediately and also check out other people’s playlists. It solves the dreaded “I don’t know what to listen to” issue!

I’ve been logging into my blog nearly every day for close to five years now and swear by the functionality of the platform. I started blogging on my own domain back when I was in college and it gave me a voice when I was still trying to fine-tune my design style.

I used to keep notebooks with multiple to-do lists floating around. Not very practical or organized! The beauty of Reminders is that it keeps track of what you’ve competed for the day so you can see how productive you’ve been at a glance. And there’s no need to rewrite lists — it automatically carries everything over that you haven’t completed to the next day and so on.

Eventually, I’ll have a self-hosted portfolio site but in the meantime, Cargo made it simple for me to get my work online and to add new projects quickly. I’ve noticed more and more creatives using the platform to host their portfolios and I can see why. It’s affordable, professional and easy to use.

I have always jumped between Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator when working on projects but these days, InDesign is definitely taking the lead in my world — all my invoices, presentations, print projects and production files are built in it.

I use this for all of my digital photos and yes, I carry it in my purse every single day. It’s not the fanciest camera out there but I like it because it’s quite small for an SLR and really solid. I use a 35mm lens most of the time to get the shots I need.

Go big and save yourself from having to constantly zoom in and out when working on projects.

Thanks so much Shauna for letting us in on your amazing resources. I feel like this is giving me a kick in the butt to get going with Spotify. I have yet to jump on that bandwagon. And I just recently got an iPad so I HAVE To try that Reminders app! Thanks so much!!!

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  1. yana

    Awesome series! It’s nice to get a glimpse into the lives of different artists through the tools they use. I love the tip on the Aeron chair… I will be doing some research on it.

  2. Shauna -

    Thanks for the feature, Promise! So rad to be a part of this series!

  3. Mailinh

    Fun, fun, fun!!! Love these little glimpses we get.

  4. Stacey

    This is quickly becoming my most favorite blog series. You and Nubby are my 2 fave designers so woot!

  5. Leslie

    Loving this series! … and a 27″ Mac is a must! :)

  6. claudia

    awesome, this series is by far, one of my favs. so is nubby! thanks so much. def a great resource

  7. Ashley

    I will never forget the night I found Nubby’s blog, it was about 4 years ago and instantly i was obsessed! she is so talented and successful and I look up to her as a graphic designer. i love her style and aesthetic and I check her blog for posts just about everyday! I agree with Stacey, you and Nubby are my two favorite designers!!!

  8. girl in oslo

    Hi from Norway :)

    You have a gorgeous blog, and the layout is just perfect!
    I am definitely going to keep reading/following you :)

    Have a great day

  9. Jess @ Sparrow + Sea

    Lovin’ this series! Always interesting to here what makes other creative minds tick and tumble!

    My creative life was recently revolutionized by discovering Evernote (I realise that I am a little late to the party!). Never have my blog posts, book writing, images etc been so organised! Will definitely be exploring some of the suggestions above!

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  11. Sabrina

    This is some great stuff. Thanks for sharing gives me ideas all the time.