The Tools That Help Me Create
This is my current development setup which includes all the hard- and software I need for my daily work as a web developer and content creator.
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016)
- 3.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7
- 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
- It still works quite good but gets slow sometimes
- I will probably soon look for a new one
Mouse / Keyboard
- Apple Bluetooth Keyboard
- Apple Magic Mouse 2
- I'm at a point where I don't want to see any cables on my desk :-)
- Griffin Elevator
- LG UltraFine 5K Display
- It gets charged through the USB-Ca connection
- I was looking for a cheaper option, but none of them had a beautiful clean design
- I didn't regret it
- HyperX QuadCast - USB Condenser Gaming Microphone
- Blue Compass microphone arm
I used an AKG Perception 220 professional studio microphone before, which I had at home since I was recording music. This was pretty good, and I used it with an additional audio interface. Unfortunately, lately, I had trouble with the audio quality and noise. I couldn't tell when and where it came from, so I decided to give a USB microphone a try. It came with a beautiful desk stand which I loved. The HyperX Quadcast is an excellent microphone, but you cannot compare it to my old one. I had to put up a lot of acoustic foam in my office to make the sound ok. I also had to use the microphone arm because with the HyperX desk stand, you are too far away from the microphone. With the right setup, I enjoy this new microphone, and it was quite cheap compared to professional ones.
- Elgato Key Light Air
I do quite some video calls and now also more online conferences and so I decided to level up my video quality. Light is an essential factor of that, and so I bought the Elgato Key Light Air. I first had the more significant Elgato key Light, which is also more powerful. The downside is it comes only with a mounting system which didn't fit my desk. So I switched to the smaller Light version, which is also more beautiful. I like it a lot.
- Fully Jarvis Frame Only
- DIY adjustable height
- Save different height settings
Since I spent so much time sitting in front of a computer, a standing desk was on my list for a long time. Since I moved last year, I finally had the chance and place to get one. I did a lot of research, and I'm super happy with my choice. For me, it was important that I only get the frame so that I can use a custom top.
- Custom Top
I needed a custom top for my desk to fit a niche in my office room. I didn't find one to buy, so I decided to give it a try myself. I had no experience with woodworking so far, so I watched a lot of youtube videos and talked to Jason McCreary, who is more experienced with that kind of work. In this post, I share some images of the process building the desk top.
- Secretlab OMEGA
- Charcoal Blue SoftWeave® Fabric
During the cyber week in December 2019, there was a good deal for this chair. I wasn't sure if I should try a gaming chair, but I'm pretty satisfied. Especially the pillows for your head and back are comfortable and support your body.
- Playstation 4
- Sony Bravia TV 40" (10 years old)
- MacOS latest version
- PhpStorm is my favorite IDE
- In this post, I share my current light and dark theme
- I share all my favorite 🧪 PhpStorm Tips & Tricks on this Twitter Moment
- I recorded some videos for JetBrains to share my PhpStorm setup
- When I'm not inside PhpStorm, I use iTerm
- All my shell settings can be found inside my dotfiles repo
- I use Laravel Valet for local dev system
- Depending on my clients, I sometimes also use Docker
- In 2019, I switched from SequelPro to TablePlus to manage my relational databases
- Screenflow to record and edit audio and video for my videos
- Quicktime to record little code videos for Twitter
- Spark on my laptop
- Apple Email on my phone
- Fathom - simple, fast and privacy-focused website analytics
- With this link you will receive a $10 discount if you decide to use Fathom
MacOS Window Manager
- I need to move and resize windows all the time
- Spectacle is my app of choice
- Unfortunately, it is not maintained anymore.
- 1Password is my password manager of choice
- I'm using it for years now and couldn't live without it anymore
Lists / Todos
- I used Wunderlist. RIP my friend!
- Apple Reminders currently tries to fill Wunderlist's gap.
- Trello for personal projects
If you are interested, this was my setup in 2018. Quite a lot changed since then.
If you feel like I'm missing any important tools I didn't mention, please let me know.
Mac Menu Bar Icons
- With Bartender I customize my menu icons.
A lot of those icons you do not need to that regularly. So with Bartender, you can hide them and everything looks a little more cleaned up.