Show Me Your Dock Series! Part 24

Sarah Whinnem

Sarah Whinnem is a graphic designer who is job searching at the moment, and working freelance in the meantime. Sarah’s experience is as an in-house print designer, so she naturally likes to work on web projects in her spare time. It’s also been said she makes an excellent margarita!

I asked if she would give us the lowdown on the applications she relies upon as a designer and blogger on a daily basis.

The Intro…

I’m on a 24″ iMac the majority of the time, and still have an iBook that I use when I’m bored with my desk. Or when it’s nice out. I was surprised to notice that I don’t keep a lot of items in my dock. I tend to use a lot of utilities that are menubar-only, like Evernote and Dropbox. My dock tends to be reserved for apps that I am not running constantly and are quit and launched often.

The Dock…

Sarah Whinnem Dock

  • Finder – To, um, find things. I rarely actually use the icon.
  • Dashboard – I don’t actually use the icon for this either. Why is it taking space in my dock?
  • Terminal – For my occasional whois searches and the rare occasion I need to do something CL-style.
  • DEVONthink – iTunes for normal files- keeps everything organized and searchable in a database. I use it mainly for financials.
  • iCal – To keep track of my schedule- otherwise I’d never remember anything.
  • Tweetie – My Twitter client of choice. I’ve used many but none are quite as slick.
  • Skype – For video/audio chat
  • Adium – With a custom dock icon- for AIM chat.
  • Mail – My favorite mail client. Used in conjunction with Google Apps.
  • Safari – Browser of choice. I actually prefer Safari’s Inspector to many FireFox tools.
  • NewsFire – RSS reader- to keep up with feeds from my favorite sites.
  • iTunes – For my tunes- used in conjunction with CoverSutra to post to
  • EyeTV – TV Tuner. I use my iMac as my TV, this connects my TiVo.
  • iPhoto – To keep track of my 80 bajillion photos.
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign – Design tools of the trade. Others are used sporadically, but these see most of the action to sit in my dock
  • Textmate – For plain text editing and development
  • CSS Edit – My favorite CSS editor- makes styling so much easier.
  • Toast – When I need to do more advanced things than just burn files. Also lets me burn my TiVo programs to DVD.
  • Time Machine – Backing up and whatnot.
  • System Preferences – For my occasional system tweaks.
  • Freelance Stack – Stack of all my freelance project files.
  • Downloads Stack – Stack of my downloaded files.
  • Documents Stack – Stack of all my miscellaneous documents.
  • Trash – I should empty this more often.

A huge thanks to Sarah for taking time out to take part in the Dock Series.

If you would like to be featured in the Dock Series simply:

  • Download the Dock Series Template.
  • Email it along with the necessary images to: hi [at]

Check out the other creatives in the series.

With more amazing creatives lined up, make sure to check back every Tuesday for the latest Dock Series installment.

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