Gear & Book
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Design & Vlogging Gear

MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)

I'm doing all my design work & video editing on this old machine, and it's still running pretty good.

LG 27-inch IPS LED Monitor

When I design, I always connect my mac to this screen, not sure if it's the best, but it's doing the job.

Canon G7x

My main vlogging camera. Most of what you see (and hear) on the vlog is recorded with this little baby. Love it (even though auto-focus sucks)

Canon Kiss x7i

This is what I use for my photography, we also shot the nuSchool classes using this camera.

DJI Mavic Pro

I just got this new drone, and it's amazing! so small it can fit in my regular backpack along with my mac.

GoPro HERO5 Black

Got it for my snowboard trip, and had a blast with it. Voice UI is really cool. Image quality indoors is less then I expected. Not that awesome for vlogging.

Sigma 30mm F1.4

Best lens I have. This makes such beautiful photos. Totally worth the money.

Tamron 18-270mm

Great all around lens - both super wide and super zoom. Great for travel and indoor photography.

Rode VideoMic Pro

This is what I use when recording video on my DSLR.

Fancierstudio 2 Light Kit

Unbelievably cheap, and yet improved my video quality by so much.

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Just got this to record audio for walkthroughs, interviews and podcasts. Huge improvement over the camera / laptop mic.

Recommended Reading

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Definitely the book that made the biggest impact on my mindset. I think everyone should read this book. This is the only book I'll say that it's "life changing". (Please ignore the ugly cover)

Designing Brand Identity

This is the book I go back to every time I have a new branding project, since it's braking down the process very clearly and gives me pointers to how to manage the process.

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be

Quick and fun motivational read for creatives. This will help you to stop complaining, and kick your ass to the next level.

The Design of Everyday Things

This is a classic (and a bit old) but it's a great read about usability, and the role of design: if the user feels stupid, you did a bad job.

Grid Systems in Graphic Design

Classic. It's technical but I think it's a code design skill that every designer need to master.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

I learned to draw using this book when I was in high school. This book taught me that I can master skills by reading books.

Secrets of Power Negotiating

My client gave my this book and it really changed things for me (i.e - I know make more money). If you're a freelancer, you need to read this.

Hello, My Name Is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick

I learned to draw using this book when I was in high school. This book taught me that I can master skills by reading books.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

I used to hate Nike as a teenager, but reading the story from the founder's perspective it just amazing. Beautifully written.

Atlas Shrugged

A classic epic novel / philosophical mass that did change a lot my perspective about capitalism, freedom and creativity.

Conversational Capital: How to Create Stuff People Love to Talk About

A book from the guys at creative agency Sid Lee, with great insights how to create brands and products people want to talk about.

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

I'm always trying to improve my thinking and decision making, this book helps me to see the holes in my thinking so I can improve.

Essentialism

I'm always trying to improve my thinking and decision making, this book helps me to see the holes in my thinking so I can improve.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

This was recommended to me by someone in the vlog comments, and I really enjoyed it. Entertaining and thought provoking.