My Top Tools & Resources

A curated list of my top tools that I use to run my design business can create great work. 

My Favourite Bundles + Fonts + Mockups 

Design Cuts (Design bundles)

They have great mockup and graphic template bundles that I love.

Pixel Surplus (Nice font bundles)

They have an awesome font bundle that you can use for a range of different projects.

Yellow Images (Super high quality Product Mockups)

Great for product mockups you can find also for merchandise.

Online Learning

Skillshare

If you’re just starting out Skillshare has got short compact classes to learn design skills and at affordable price.

Youtube

My channel provides you with beginner tutorials on adobe illustrator and photoshop and also the business of design.

Lynda (Linkendin Learning)

One of the best platforms to learn about design and heaps of other topics. Their courses are professional and have great quality content.

Apps / Tools

Creative Cloud

Illustrator is the primary program that I use to create vector designs. I also use Photoshop when necessary.

Divi Theme + Word Press

WordPress with the divi theme is great when you want to have flexibility for your own website or portfolio.

Dropbox

Backing up your work is important especially if it’s for a client. Dropbox is great and they give you 2gb free data to use.

Notion

A note taking app good for project management and writing down lists or tasks. Notion is a free app and good to plan content.

Spotify

My go-to platform to listen to to lo-fi when I create designs.

Convertkit

An email marketing tool for creatives and bloggers to help communicate to your audience. 

Slack

A great communication tool when working in teams, projects and connecting with other designers.

Grammarly

This does spellcheck, punctuation and grammar checks for free, super useful when writing emails and sending messages.

Physical

Rhodia A5/A4 Dot grid

I love using the dot grid journal, the paper has a dot grid which is good for doing logo sketches.

Staedtlar Mechanical Pencil

The staedtlar lasts longer than your average lead and you can sharpen to get a nice pointy tip. Has a decent grip which is comfortable.

Copic Multi Liner

These are great for inking my design after I’ve gone ahead and sketched out some concepts. The precision of the tips are great for d

Asus PB278Q 27' IPS

Amazing monitor for doing design work it’s an IPS panel which gives it a wide colour gamut and improves sharpness with its 2k high resolution. Anyone on PC should consider this monitor.

Rode USB Mic

This handy mic is used for video calls, recordings and videos. It’s a high quality USB mic so you don’t have to buy amplifiers to power it you can just plug it in and you’re ready to go.

Custom Built PC

I do all of my design work on a PC and with a cmstorm keyboard and mionix 7000 mouse. If I’m travelling I usually jump on my macbook pro 15inch and also have a wacom intous 4 for certain projects.

Essential Design Books

Designing Brand Indentiy - Alina Whee

Logo Design Love - David Airey

Logo Modernism - Multiple Authors

How To - Michael Bierut

Pretty Much Everything - Aaron James Draplin

Thinking With Type - Ellen Lupton

Identity Designed - David Airey

Book of Ideas - Radim Malinic

Creative / Design Podcasts

Seanwes

Sean Mcabe

Obsessed with Design

Josh Miles

Creative Pep Talk

Andy J Miller

Adventures in Design

Mark Brickey

Obsessed With Design

Debbie Millman

Creative Pep Talk

Wes Mcdowell

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