I’ve recently been using index cards and a Sharpie Pen for taking notes, thinking through ideas, and tracking my daily tasks. Pretty much a hipster PDA, courtesy of Merlin Mann. For more persistent notes, blog posts, etc. For more persistent storage and robust note-taking, I rely on Evernote.
For writing blog posts, drafting emails and Basecamp updates, or anything that’s not more than ~1,500 words, I use Evernote. For massive projects, Scrivener does the job nicely. My coding tasks are handled with either Atom or Visual Studio Code, which is surprisingly amazing. For coding and testing emails specifically, there’s nothing better than Litmus Builder.
For illustration and graphics, I use Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo for damned near everything. It feels nice to get away from Adobe products, and I’ve found Affinity’s tools to do everything I’ve needed up to this point. Although, one of my favorite illustration apps is still Paper by FiftyThree. It’s my go-to for quick illustrations to accompany blog posts here and its color fill tool is one of the most brilliant illustration tools ever made. Now, if only we could get layers…
Most everything else I use is very boring. When I need to do things digitally, I just use Apple’s stock apps: Notes, Calendar, Mail, Reminders, iMovie, and Photos.
As far as smaller utilities go, I couldn’t live without Couleurs, CloudApp, Dropbox, 1Password, and Litmus Scope. For more work-y type stuff, I’m a huge fan of Slack, Google Docs, and all of Litmus’ tools. Instant previews is freaking amazing when you work with email on a regular basis.
For hardware, it’s either my Macbook Air (Pro for work stuff), an iPhone, or an iPad Air 2.
Updated March 2017