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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