Ever wonder what other designers are using? You think, wow, that’s an awesome design there! They must be using something different that I don’t have… So the big question, what do you use?

This one is simple for me but their are more components to it. As a creative designer I design everything which includes traditional print design and digital media design.

Then I produce concepts for viewing to finals, which involves production of projects on a small or bigger scale – like a sign shop.

So what’s on my desk… well, I’m primarily working on a MacBook Pro and the Wacom Intuios. I have an additional monitor and a wheel mouse. The mouse is for the second screen plugged into my MacBook Pro. I prefer using the Wacom tablet on my primary screen.

Side note, if you are not using a Wacom tablet, get one. You should. There are smaller or cheaper ones on the market and is well worth the investment. See my post on: “Using a Wacom, what’s the big deal?”

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I have a Dell computer with a monitor and mouse as well. So there is a lot going on, on my desk. Finally, I am using the Epson workforce printer. This printer can print up to 12″x18″ which is great for building small samples and concepts quickly.

These are the tools I work on, day in and day out, everyday of my life as a designer today.

I do most of my design work on the MacBook Pro and I use the Dell for searching, working in Microsoft Office etc.

Adobe Creative Cloud allows me the ability to share files and such when needed and when working on 2 computers.

Next, what additional tools do I have to take my work a step further.

  • Summa DC5 printer
  • Daige Laminator
  • Summa Plotter
  • Laser cutter
  • CNC cutter – that I haven’t used
  • Grommet puncher
  • Small laminator
  • Acrylic, wood, corrugated plastic, & foam core sheets
  • Tools, tools and more tools…

I have a lot going on here. As a designer it’s great to have additional tools to expand your knowledge and experience. I started with just a MacBook Pro but as you grow and start taking on more projects, you start to expand on what you can do and start getting tools on the way to make your workflow more efficient.

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Published by Orlando Ayala

Orlando Ayala is a Los Angeles-based Creative Director, Graphic Designer, Digital Marketer and Experience Strategist. Currently Orlando is the Creative Director with Pacific Park on the World Famous Santa Monica Pier leading the creative and strategic teams working in visual, traditional and digital mediums.