Nikki Jeske is a web designer and illustrator based in the outskirts of Austin, Texas. During the day, she creates websites for associations and non-profits at a small web solutions company, and by night she busies herself as a freelance graphic and web designer. She’s the owner and artist of Design Coyote and occasionally blogs about life and design at Snailbird.com.
I asked if she would give us the lowdown on the applications he relies upon as a designer and blogger on a daily basis.
While my prefered computer is a Mac, I’ve owned more PCs than I care to acknowledge (they’re good for gaming). Thankfully, most of my design work is now done on a beautiful 20″ iMac running Mac OS X with a resolution of 1680×1050 (and because that’s not enough space, I’ve got an old Dell Monitor hooked up to it as well currently at 1280×1024). It’s the love of my life (just don’t tell my girlfriend).
When it comes to my dock, you’ll mostly find programs that I use for work, and much of it is pretty unorganized. Maybe I should have some sort of pattern but really, where’s the fun in that?
- Safari – My most-used browser.
- Firefox – My favorite browser (many useful apps for development).
- Entourage – Microsoft’s sweet little email program
- iChat – Easy-to-use chat program from Apple.
- iTunes – I cannot live (let alone design) without music.
- Adobe Fireworks CS3 – Most used Adobe product. I’ve switched from Photoshop to Fireworks because of how easy it is to slice and how organized your files can be. Love Fireworks.
- Adobe InDesign CS3 – When I need to create a .pdf file, this is my favorite program.
- Adobe Photoshop CS3 – The old favorite. This program got me started into the realm of design and it’s never let me down. It’s all Adobe’s goodness in a simple package.
- Adobe Illustrator CS3 – When I don’t draw something by hand, I like to go to Illustrator for all artistic needs.
- Color Schemer Studio – Lets you pick up colors anywhere and saves color palettes easily for later use.
- Transmit – My FTP client of choice – I love that it lets you open different windows within the same server when you don’t want to back out folders over and over again.
- CSSEdit – CSS editting program that lets you preview both files and sites, validate your CSS with one click, and keeps everything wonderfully organized in its left panel.
- TextWrangler – A more general text editor for every day use.
- Preview – I honestly think people underestimate the power of this little tool.
- ProWorkFlow Time Tracker – I use ProWorkFlow to manage my work projects and this nifty little widget tracks my time for me.
- coRD – A remote desktop client that I use to access the work PC to check sites in IE.
- Tweetie – My Tweetie. I don’t think it needs any explanation.
A huge thanks to Nikki for taking time out to take part in the Dock Series.
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