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.
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.
- 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 Last.fm.
- 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.
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