Show Me Your Dock Series! Part 6

Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart is a WordPress theme designer and developer based in Winnipeg, Canada. Ian is behind the popular WordPress Resource Themeshaper, Thematic Theme Framework, LaunchPad Theme, and Wpazo.

Themeshaper is an extremely valuable resource to the WordPress Community, with Ian being a respected contributor and developer, helping shape how we think about the exciting and dynamic world of WordPress themes. As such i wanted to feature him in this weeks Dock Series.

The Intro…

It’s hard to believe with such a little thing, but there are driving principles behind my dock organization. Firstly, I’m a bit of a minimalist and Quicksilver user and I don’t really rely on my dock for a lot except to remind me at a glance of what I have open at any time. Secondly, I share the main user account with my wife so there’re some tiny concessions that keep us both happy.

For simplicity’s sake I’ve left my dock in the state you might find it in after booting up.

The Dock…

Ian Stewart


  • Finder – There’s no getting around the finder icon.
  • Dashboard – I left it here for my wife’s benefit. I’ll have to remember to ask her if she’s still using the icon or the middle mouse button.
  • Quicksilver – Open at login. I can’t. Live. Without. Quicksilver. It’s a must for me. Without Quicksilver my dock would be a LOT wider and would include things like Espresso, CyberDuck, Pages, TweetDeck … the list goes on.
  • Mail – I don’t use Mail on my home computer (though I use it at the office) but we need it there for my wife and I like to have it grouped with.
  • Firefox – My browser of choice. Safari has a tiny speed edge on a Mac (obviously) but I can’t browse without my suite of favorite Firefox add-ons.
  • Adobe Illustrator CS – The first version of Creative Suite! Anyway, Illustrator comes first for me. I love it. I can move at blazing speeds in Illustrator, far faster than in.
  • Adobe Photoshop CS – One really can’t be a designer without Photoshop installed, can they? (Sorry, Gimp users)
  • Adobe Indesign CS – I don’t use it. I have to have it installed and it has to be in the dock. My wife’s a designer too and she insists on it being there!
  • TextEdit – TextEdit is one of my favorite and most used Mac apps. Sometimes you just want to jot something down in a simple text editor but mainly I use it for stripping formatting from text in the clipboard. I copy formatted text from one location, paste it into an open plain text document in TextEdit, and then re-copy it to the clipboard.

  • Preview – I keep preview in the Dock mainly so I can drag groups of image files there (usually JPEGs) so I can quickly open them without taxing Photoshop.
  • Mamp – Open at login. Want to get started developing WordPress Themes? Install Mamp. It turns your computer into a local server where you can install WordPress and quickly fool around to your heart’s content.
  • Folders (Ian and Kelli) – Where both of us can quickly drag and drop files. And, of course, the downloads folder and the trash. Knowing us there’s probably 3 or 4 gigs in the trash!

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

As usual if you would like to share your dock, just leave a comment with a brief description of your dock apps and a link to a screenshot of it. Or take to your blog and write up a description of your dock as several others have done.

Other Creatives in the Series:

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


  1. Rollin’ with Adobe CS, eh? 😉

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