Part of growing as an artist is gaining experience and learning from others. I have always been intrigued by the creative process. Everyone has a different way of organizing their business and getting their creative juices flowing. With that said, I have been thinking about other creative’s and what tools it takes to do what they do. One of my ideas was to feature different artists and display what’s in their “Creative Toolbox” here on the blog.
I thought I would start us off by sharing a few items from my personal creative toolbox….ya know…. things, products, apps, inspiration, programs, companies, and supplies that help me do what I do best. Sound interesting? I hope so. I couldn’t include all of them, obviously… but I thought I would share a few.
1 // FANCY MOUSE PAD
It’s the little things that sometimes make a difference. I love my computer set up even down to the little touch of my RAD mouse PAD. It keeps the office clean, dynamic, and inspiring.
2 // LOCAL NATIVE SOUNDTRACK
Keep changing the music up. For me, music creates energy and excitement. I get MOVED by music. A great staple for me has been Local Natives station on Pandora.
3 // CMYK MAGAZINE
In a digital world I feel refreshed when I open and flip through print. CMYK Magazine is a favorite of mine.
4 // TO-DO DRY ERASE BOARDS
In design and business I try to bring in elements that are NOT on the computer as much as I can. I am a BIG TIME notes and lists girl. These dry erase boards have been AMAZING! I love them because I can just glance over my shoulder to see what my next to-do is. I don’t need to look for that lost note or interrupt what I am doing on my computer in order to find my TO-DO list.
5 // MARGARITA
When it’s a long day it’s nice to have a sweet drink to enjoy! It makes my current project feel like a special project. I guess that would make the Margarita my special drink of choice. Believe it or not Costco’s Premix (Kirkland Golden Margarita) is off the hook.
6 // SHOWIT SOFTWARE + SITEHOUSE
Along with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign, ShowIt ROCKS MY WORLD. The drag and drop Website creating software gave me the ability to start my web design shop called Site House Designs. I use ShowIt EVERYDAY.
7 // CANON 5D MARK II DIGITAL CAMERA
Having a background in photography has helped me GREATLY as it relates to my design, portfolio, business, blogging, and capturing of all things creative. A lot of things need to be documented when you have your own business and I could NOT live without my Canon 5D Mark II.
8 // APPLE THUNDERBOLT DISPLAY
The 27in Apple Thunderblot display has absolutely changed the game for me and my office life! I travel a bunch so I use my MacBook Pro a lot, but I’ve always wanted a desktop set up. So, I got the best of both worlds – laptop AND desktop – with the Apple Thunderbolt display. I just plug in, work on the large screen, unplug, and head on out to my next trip with my laptop in hand. It’s absolutely fabulous and SOO fast.
So, would you like to see other artist’s Creative Toolbox’s featured here? I know I would like hear about other new companies, different programs, and learn the tools behind some of my favorite creatives. Thoughts? In the meantime, what are 5 items in your creative toolbox? The items that help you do what you do.