Molly Jacques recently wrote a blog article of her Digital Wish List for her TFD : Freelance Diaries series. I loved the idea of it, so I'm going to share my wish list, too! Also, if you haven't already seen it, I have a Resources page with a ton of the analog and digital items I use that I constantly update.
MY DIGITAL TOOLS WISH LIST
I've had most of these on my radar for a few years, so I'd really like to add them to my arsenal soon!
Epson Stylus Pro 3880
Ink cartridges for this model are $62.95 from Epson, but you can find them for about about $50/each. At 9 cartridges, this adds up fast, but luckily the ink capacity is about 4-times larger than the R1800. The 3880 is regarded as the best in its class for black and white gallery-ready prints and in the 17-inch wide printer category.
Roland CAMM-1 Servo GX-24 Desktop Vinyl Cutter
I worked at Macomb Community College after I graduated from there and I was the sign guy. I designed, printed, weeded, and installed vinyl for the majority of my projects and I got pretty good at everything involved. This is the machine I researched and we upgraded to back in 2008, so not sure if there's something I'd like better now, but I know I could make a ton of stuff with this machine and be happy with it.
Artograph LightPad Light Box, 9" x 12"
Originally I was thinking I wanted the 12" x 17" or 17" x 24" size, but I think for my purposes the 9" x 12" will be more than enough for me as I usually work at 8.5" x 11" or 9" x 12". This sure beats having to print out darker and then rework with tracing paper on top.
Aside from these three items, everything else on my wish list is analog for screen printing. Maybe I'll write a follow-up post on all that stuff soon!
WHAT I USE : MY CURRENT DIGITAL TOOLS
I've been designing since 2004, but I only recently purchased my first Mac in November 2013 and I love it! It's specced-out aside from Flash Storage. I went from a 17" Dell Inspiron to a 15" MacBook Pro at my last job down to this 13" MacBook Pro. I was worried about the screen being too small, but it's never once been an issue and I zoom in a lot!
MacBook Pro + Apple Extras
2013 Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display
2.8GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
512GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
Apple Magic Trackpad
Used daily when I working from a desk. Keeps trackpad on MacBook Pro clean.
Apple Magic Mouse
Haven't used at all lately. Used to use mostly while working in Adobe Illustrator.
Apple AirPort Extreme
The best router I've ever owned. Software is so simple to use with AirPort Utility App.
Apple USB SuperDrive
I'll eventually import all of my Pearl Jam and Catherine Wheel CDs.
Apple 2012 iPhone 5, 64GB White
I use this device the most out of everything I have and am probably one of the few people that would buy an iPhone with even more storage! I take a ton of pictures of my dogs and of my hand lettering... mostly my dogs... some 7,000+ photos of Finnegan + Willow. I bought this the week it came out after holding on to my iPhone 3GS for an extra year outside of contract. Will probably upgrade to one of the rumored slightly larger iPhone 6 models later this year.
Apple 2013 iPad Mini, 32GB Wi-Fi Only, White
I was so used to only having an iPhone, that it took me a good 6 to 9 months to really start using the iPad Mini on a regular basis. It's a nice break for my eyes during the day instead of looking at my tiny phone screen. Most of my research is done here now and I'll take it to the MacBook Pro if I need to do more. The camera on this is pretty bad, so I rarely use it., but I take a lot of screen shots. I read with the Kindle app and prefer that over iBooks.
Canon CanoScan LiDE 210 Scanner
Purchased this model because of its small footprint and it stores standing on its side! Scans up to 600 dpi resolution / 4800 x 4800 dpi optical. Only takes 8.5" x 11", so if I ever needed to scan larger in the future without wanting to mask in Photoshop, then I'd look into a larger scanner bed.
Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer
I originally bought a Canon that I couldn't get to work and it fried my existing router from Comcast in the process... which is why I'm now the owner of an AirPort Extreme. This printer worked immediately and the Epson iPrint App is so simple to use. If you want to print wirelessly without a headache, I highly recommend this printer. I only use it for printing normal paper work and things from the internet. Lots of shipping labels.
Epson Stylus Photo R1800 Ink Jet Printer
(Updated: 10-10-2014) Currently FOR SALE with extra ink! Make me a reasonable offer!
I'm looking to upgrade to the Epson 3880 and stopped using this once I listed it for sale. The R1800 can print up to 13" wide! It's been my workhorse for several years and has never once had a problem. Would be a great printer for a college student to print out projects, portfolios, resumes, and business cards as they begin their job hunt.
LaCie Rugged 80 GB Hard Disk
I've had this hard drive since 2006! I used it in my final semester at Macomb Community College and have purged it many times over the years. While they don't make this small size anymore, any of the current LaCie Rugged disks sizes will be comparable. Not sure what external drive I'd like to upgrade to yet, but probably another LaCie Rugged or LaCie Porsche Design.
Wacom Bamboo Fun, Small, Silver
(Updated: 10-10-2014) Currently FOR SALE. Make me a reasonable offer!
I bought the small model and have a long name to write out, so I never use it and should put it up on eBay soon. It looks brand new in the original box! Interested? Email me! All this talk about the Cintiq makes me want to try one out, but it's not as high on my wish list and I'd rather have the Epson 3880 or Roland GX-24 instead.