Resources, Tools and Gear

A compendium of my favourite links, tools and gear

I’m always curious about what gear and tools my fellow (and admired) creatives use, so I can’t but share also what’s my own.

Note that this is what I use, not what’s best in the market, I haven’t tried everything. But I’m telling you, for the moment, they work for me. And I’ll be updating it and adding and linking so it doesn’t get too old.

I’m also curious, what is a tool or piece of gear that you use you’d never thought it would give so much? Tell me!

To go check my favourite tools scroll here

Useful links and sites

I’m on so many newsletters and I love many sites (due to my many interests) but I usually forget about them for a while. So here I’ve made a shortlist, by category, of sites I find interesting and think you may like too.

Firstly : Internet tools

Avoiding so many ads following you everywhere and getting a bit more privacy

  • Adblock (for your favourite browser)
  • Use a browser that doesn’t track you and blocks most ads (almost LIFESAVING when browsing the internet)

Then, accept that you’ll have to say no. Every time you say you consent to have ads better suited to your interests, you are accepting ads and trackers. Also reject cookies.

In these links that follow, you can cancel permissions you’ve given to advertisers, probably without knowing it.

I regularly do that and it helps with the ads I get on Youtube Music. So maybe it’s worth trying.

For a bit of Google privacy, this is all the information that Facebook and Google have about you. And here quick steps to get in charge of your information.

Sites

Online courses and learning

Coursera

EDx

IBM training

University of Fashion

Domestika

Skillshare

Udemy

Google Academy

New products, trends and fashion

WWD

WGSN

CFDA

Institute for the future

New world same humans

Trendwatching

Premiere Vision

Trendbible

TagWalk

Fashionsnoops

Honest Fashion

Springwise

Vogue Business

Kickstarter

Product hunt

Thingtesting

Blessthisstuff

Design and creative resources

Behance Make your portfolio online or just browse through thousands of projects from creatives all areound the globe. Great for inspiration and trends.

Designmilk News and inspiration of design

Creative Boom Design news, inspiration and articles to keep up-to-date and be inspired

Ello.co Creative social network and portfolios

Dribbble Digital creatives sharing their work

Pinterest The web search tool for imagery and inspiration

AD Architectural Digest Design news

The Loop The linkedin for creatives

Google tools

Keen

Google alerts

Travel / Flights

Photography

500px

Canon

Flickr

Eyeem

Shutterstock

Surfing

WSL

ISA

FESURFING

Better living

Mr Money Mustache blog and forum

Life design

Authentic Happiness

… And so many more sites and interesting newsletter. I’ll be updating this list (from time to time, irregularly).

Do you have your own list of favourites and want to share it with me? Do you think I should add some other place? Send me an email!

For any other topic, a great place to start is the forum of the internet, aka Reddit.com.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Laptop

Apple macbook retina 13 inch processor intel i7. Yes, I bought it before the new M1. It’s my main hardware piece and although a bigger screen would be nicer (I see you 14″) this gets the job done. I wish Apple computers would last forever. I’ve been pretty lucky but my older one, which works pretty well, has aged considerably in 5-7 years, the battery is worthless and some keys aren’t working. But I could not live (well, do computer work actually) without a mac. It’s been a romance that started when I was 14.

Tablet

Wacom Intuos (wireless). The wireless feature is great. It works fine, as all Wacoms. I’m just sad that with the newest laptop I can’t use my bamboo fun tablet, which was my first and still works great but for software reasons I can’t use with modern computers.

Camera

Canon 90 D. Canon runs on the family and since my first (reflex) camera was a second-hand Canon 40D, I’m hooked. I chose this camera for its versatility and the video options, it works great and Canon’s support doesn’t disappoint. For the lenses, I have the new common 55-80, nothing special but enough for video and a 80-200 that I’ve owned for long but that I love. I’m planning on upgrading to a better tele when possible, recommendations appreciated. I love a Tele lenses and taking my scenic outdoor photos with it.

Software

If you really want to create something, having the tools should no be a problem. Below are my favourite free choices. And, as you’ll see below, there’s a lot of software that is free or very affordable. So just start 🙂

Automator workflows and Apple’s Shortcuts

Digital photo professional 4 – to go over the photos and select them, it’s Canon software

Pixelmator (not free but so much more affordable than Photoshop), my photo editor and image maker software of choice. It works so smoothly with my Macbook. It’s not Photoshop, but it’s almost there, I first tried it more than ten years ago and it’s still a promising app. I do a lot of editing with it.

Inkscape, for vector work. After using Illustrator, it first feels a little odd but when you get the knack of it is great.

Blender, 3D software. I like doing some 3D from time to time and it has a bit of everything, with great features and good tutorials. For more technical stuff you can try Fusion 360. For designing homes, I love Sweet Home 3D.

Joplin is my choice for all that is taking notes, making lists, and storing ideas. I synchronize all notes through my devices with the Dropbox connection and it works wonderfully. I’m going to disappoint here, but I don’t use notion. If I feel I need to write down more data and do a complex file, I just use google sheets. I’m always ready to open a new spreadsheet.

My rack and sporting gear

  • 6″ 2′ shortboard
  • Bodyboard
  • 8″ paddle board
  • Skate cruiser
  • Inline roller skates
  • Cube road bike
  • Goggles (+fins and weight belt)
  • Skis

I’m pretty confident that I’ve invested a lot more in sports gear than daily clothing… but no need to list that 😛

lena surf rack

Other

My beloved inherited Singer sewing machine. It really feels magical being able to make my own clothing and textile products.