Ten items every designer should have

Posted: April 15, 2011 in Design
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1. An over-size sketchbook and a set of good pencils
For drawing out designs, for mapping out a problem, for inspiring creativity

2. An ergonomic mouse or graphics tablet
All those clicks. Enough said.

3. A Pantone swatch book
For choosing colour schemes, for checking colour trueness

4. A cutting mat, various scalpel blades and a steel ruler
For mocking up printed projects

5. A paper weight swatch book
Learn to know the feel of different weight papers

6. A giant poster expressing all the A sizes
Invaluable if you are a commercial print designer

7. A shredder
Don’t let your draft designs end up in the wrong hands

8. A giant monitor
Be kind to yourself and get as big a monitor as possible. After all, you know the hours you will spend in front of it

9. A comfortable chair
As above. Good design does not come out of poor posture

10. A creative cupboard
Fill it with your work, other people’s work you admire, print samples, books, manuals, magazines, papers, crayons, art and craft materials, whatever. Keeps it all off your desk and a source of inspiration

What items make your life as a graphic designer easier?

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