The Tools That Help Me Create

Christoph's working desk

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.

Hardware

Laptop

  • 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 :-)

Laptop Stand

  • Griffin Elevator

Display

  • 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

Microphone

Hyper microphone
  • 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.

Light

  • 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.

Desk Frame

  • 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.

Desk 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.

Chair

  • 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.

Gaming

  • Playstation 4
  • Sony Bravia TV 40" (10 years old)

Software

Operating System

  • MacOS latest version

IDE

Light and dark IDE theme screenshot
  • PhpStorm is my favorite IDE
  • In this post, I share my current light and dark theme
  • I share all my favorite ­čž¬ PhpStorm Tips & Tricks on this Twitter Moment
  • I recorded some videos for JetBrains to share my PhpStorm setup

Terminal

  • When I'm not inside PhpStorm, I use iTerm
  • All my shell settings can be found inside my dotfiles repo

Local Development

Screencasts

  • Screenflow to record and edit audio and video for my videos
  • Quicktime to record little code videos for Twitter

Email

  • Spark on my laptop
  • Apple Email on my phone

Productivity

  • Alfred is the best!
  • In this video, I give a preview of all the Alfred workflows I am using

Website Analytics

  • 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

Cloud Storage

Password Manager

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

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.