Ben Bleikamp is a 23 year old Interaction Designer based in San Francisco, CA and graduated from the Ohio State University in June 2008. He is particularly interested in business, technology, and the internet as they relate to building useful, beautiful products.
I asked Ben to take part in the Dock Series to share the applications he relies upon as a designer on a daily basis.
I currently design and develop on an Apple “unibody” MacBook with 4GB of RAM and a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. It is usually hooked up to my 23″ Apple Cinema Display at home or my 24” Dell monitor at work.
- Finder – Not a big fan of it, but it gets the job done.
- Adium – Gchat, AIM, Facebook Chat, etc. It’s the best multiprotocal client available.
- Adobe Photoshop – I am still using CS3 because CS4 upgrade doesn’t look particularly appealing.
- Xcode – Learning Objective-C in my spare time.
- iTunes – Listening to a lot of electropop lately.
- Textmate – Have tried all the latest editors, TextMate is the best.
- Tweetie – Best Mac Twitter client, ever. Adobe AIR sucks, glad I don’t have to deal with it anymore.
- Transmit – I rarely use FTP anymore, but it’s the best FTP client I’ve found.
- Firefox (3.5 Beta 4) – Safari’s web inspector is still garbage. When is Chrome coming to OSX?
- LittleSnapper – So awesome. Make taking screenshots fun.
- Terminal – Getting comfortable with the command line is the best thing I’ve ever done for my productivity.
- Activity Monitor – I like to watch which apps hog the most memory and then bash them on Twitter.
A huge thanks to Ben 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:
- Part 1 – Grace Smith
- Part 2 – Khoi Vinh
- Part 3 – Matt Brett
- Part 4 – Veerle Pieters
- Part 5 – Tim Van Damme
- Part 6 – Ian Stewart
- Part 7 – John Boardley
- Part 8 – Adii Pienaar
With more amazing creatives lined up, make sure to check back every Tuesday for the latest Dock Series installment.