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Setup

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Setup

I've always loved having a cool setup at home. At first in my bedroom, then in a slightly bigger bedroom and now I'm lucky enough to have a full room dedicated to my work - it's actually the master bedroom in my flat.

I also have a slightly unique workspace where I have 2 desks which serve completely separate purposes. The first is for my work work. It's where you'll find me 95% of the time. Mission control. The second is my creative desk, or "studio" space. This is where I shoot videos, make leather wallets, and until recently, record podcasts.

That is, of course, I turned my cupboard into a sound treated podcast booth. This was entirely unnecessary but very fun.

I was also lucky enough to have my space features in Workspaces, which highlights inspiring workspaces from creatives

1. Mission Control

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Most of my day is here. What is on the desk changes pretty frequently, but I'm quite happy with this.

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What I use:

  • M1 MacBook Air tackles 4k video editing like a breeze and is a joy without a fan.
  • M1 iPad Pro w/ Magic Keyboard & Apple Pencil a completely unnecessary piece of kit that I love using for writing and calls.
  • Apple Magic Keyboard & Mouse - I’ve always liked the Apple peripherals. Nice tactile feel to the keyboard and some lovely gesture control on the mouse (despite the frankly horrible ergonomics).
  • Samsung 32" 4K monitor I prefer dual screens, but new MBA can only take a single screen 🤷‍♂️
  • Shure MV7 microphone (on Rode PSA-1) - The best USB mic under $250 that I use to run my podcast. I’ve had expensive mics before, but this is perfect because I can plug it in and forget it.
  • CalDigit USB-C Hub - this hub is incredible. I now plug a single cable into my laptop for everything, including the screen, charging, microphone, SD cards and more. Can’t recommend it enough.
  • Sonos One speaker I have Sonos throughout my flat and they are just sensational. The sound from this little rascal fills the room no problem. I now rarely wear headphones.
  • Leather Desk Mat by Whitstable Craft Co - one of the products I handmade myself and adds a lovely surface for my keyboard and mouse.
  • Dotgrid notebook & Uniball Air pen - admittedly prefer typing notes, but sometimes nice to jot some things down on a call or when I’ve had enough of my screen.
  • Ikea desktop + 2 Alex drawer units - the standard desk, right? Have had these units for maybe 10 years and they are still as functional as ever.
  • Herman Miller Aeron chair - the best investment to my setup by far. I got it second hand for $300 and never have back pain, ever.

2. The Studio

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The creative space. Always changing and very functional.

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What I use:

  • Lumix GH5 camera - the most versatile little 4k sharpshooter I own. Pair this with the Lumix S5.
  • Aputure 120d light w/ Mini-Lightdome - best video light I’ve bought. Forget getting anything else if you want to shoot videos, this will do everything and more.
  • Shure SM7B microphone (on Rode PSA-1) - this was the more expensive microphone I mentioned earlier. It’s what all the big podcasters use but I can’t really tell the difference (don’t tell anyone).
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface + Cloudlifter - just to make the microphone work.
  • HAG Capisco chair - a supposedly ergonomic, yet quite uncomfortable chair you can sit on in multiple positions. I just think it looks pretty dope.
  • Furna standing desk - got this for free from creator Charli Marie while I was in London. A cracking option for sit, standing. Often go here if I’ve been sitting too long.
  • Ikea trolley for leathercraft tools - my tools for leathercraft used to be everywhere, but this handy little trolley means they have their own home.
  • UESTA A1 cutting mat a fantastic mat that covers the desk so I can craft away without causing permanent damage to my lovely desk.

Bonus - Podcast Booth

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I turned my "cupboard of doom" into a podcast booth over a weekend. Tweet thread →

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What I use:

  • Shure MV7
  • iPad Pro
  • Audio Technica ATR-2100x
  • £100 of foam panels
  • £10 ring light
  • Cheap stool from Dunelm