sketching and drawing tools
Pilot Dr. Grip 0.5mm mechanical pencil | Great for thumbnail sketches
Palomino Blackwing pencils | The quality of lead on these pencils is just amazing and produces really rich, dark lines
Derwent drawing pencils | Use to refine sketches
Prismacolor pencils (36 piece) | Use to color
Sharpie fine point pen | Handy for taking notes
Micron pens | For fine line work
Staedtler pens | For fine line work and comes with a handy case
Uniball Signo white pen | Works well over dark ink and paper
Tombow fudenosuke brush pen (soft and hard tip) | Great for calligraphy
Sharpie fine point marker | Great for calligraphy
Tombow dual brush marker | Great for calligraphy
Tombow dual brush pen marker pack (black) | Same as previous, just more if you use a lot!
Staedtler eraser (soft) | Helpful to erase light sketches without wearing down paper
Staedtler refillable eraser holder | For finer tuned erasing
Staedtler pencil sharpener | Has a nice container for pencil shavings and gets pencils to a nice point
Moleskin Art Hardcover (5” x 8.25”) | I’m still a sucker for these nice hardcover books. Love the smaller size for easy portability.
In Progress by Jessica Hische | Very helpful to get you started on the basics of lettering and vector lettering
The Golden Secrets of Lettering by Martina Flor | Also very helpful tutorials on lettering and vector lettering
Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age by Steven Heller & Louise Fili | Ample script reference material
Shadow Type by Steven Heller & Louise Fili | Ample shadow type reference material
Elegantissima by Louise Fili | Just beautiful inspiration to browse through
The Little Book of Lettering by Emily Gregory | A cute little book that contains loads of talented work from various artists
Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst | If you really want to learn the fundamentals of typography, get this book. Pretty much required for graphic design student reading
Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton | Also super helpful typography, written with a sense of humor!
House Industries: The Process is the Inspiration | Amazing, inspirational case studies and work
Draplin Design Co: Pretty Much Everything | I mean, it’s Aaron Draplin
Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon | Super quick read but very helpful tips on sharing your work
This is Marketing by Seth Godin | Still reading through this, but loads of good material
Tribes by Seth Godin | A quick read that offers great points on leadership for anyone
Keep Going by Austin Kleon | Easy read and provides great quick hit tips on how to stay creative
The Pricing and Ethical Guidelines Handbook | Freelancing? Get this book! You will find better pricing comparisons here than what you’d find frantically searching the internet.
Freelance, Business and Stuff by Amy Hood & Jennifer Hood of Hoodzpah | Also an amazingly helpful book for freelancers
Photography & Video Equipment
Gooseneck tripod for phone | Great for overhead shots and attaches to tables
Mini tripod for phone with flexible legs | Useful for side angle shots with helpful flexible legs that can attach to many more objects
Manfrotto tripod with ball head | This is a newer version of what I use. The ball head offers much more flexibility in camera positioning than a pan and tilt
ALZO horizontal camera mount | Budget friendly mount to attach to a camera tripod for overhead product photography. Easy to use!
Square Type-A soft boxes (2) | Comes with a travel case and helpful if you don’t have natural light to work with
Camera and accessories
Sony a6000 mirrorless digital camera (body only) | Mirrorless allows you to shoot RAW but doesn’t have the bulk of a DSLR
Sony a6000 mirrorless digital camera with kit lens | If you don’t know what lens to get, this comes with a good starter lens
Sony SEL35F 18 35mm f/1.8 prime fixed lens | Produces some nice depth of field images
Sony screen protector | Extra protection from scratches
Sony rechargeable battery | A must have if you use a camera a lot, don’t want to waste time charging your battery!
Bluetooth remote for iOS and Android smart phones | Super easy to use and very small
Wireless remote for Sony cameras | Also helpful to prevent camera shake