These are some of the apps and tools I use, some of the things that inspire me, and some things that I just find interesting. Using great tools inspires me and my teams to do great work.


First and foremost, let’s talk about lifestyle. I’m a huge believer in daily habits and the power they have to transform your creative life. I don’t want this to be prescriptive but I want to share some of the daily habits that I have adopted. Maybe try some of these out or find ones that work for you. Things I try to do every day… Yoga, Meditation, Move my body (run, bike, swim), Drink water, Eat clean, Create something (write, draw, paint, photo, video, animation), Play (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Read, Practice gratitude, Get decent sleep. There you have it. I don’t always get it in but I do my best and I find when I do these things I am much more productive and creative. Give it a whirl, see if it helps.


This is some of the hardware I’m excited about using and makes creating a joy.

Beautiful and intuitive tools make creating all that much more enjoyable. Desktop, Laptop, iPad Pro, iPhone. The integrated ecosystem makes creative work so easy and intuitive.

I love my Intuos Pro. I use it every day for illustration, photo work, and just tooling around.

For still photography my go-to camera is my Canon 6D. I take it everywhere I go. Canon glass is second to none.

For shooting video Sony FS100s are my favorite run-and-gun camera, for larger shoots I rely on my FS7s.


This is where I spend a great deal of my time. These are some of the apps I couldn’t do without.

For making creative content Adobe is second to none. Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Audition, Lightroom, InDesign, Xd, I honestly couldn’t do what I do without these tools.

My 3D content creation tool of choice. Model, Texture, Animate, MODO knows how to get it done. 3D can often be intimidating and difficult to understand. MODO is made for artists.


These are some books that I find inspiring. I’m always reading something.

start with why

Start with Why
Simon Sinek

leaders eat last

Leaders Eat Last
Simon Sinek

Creative Calling
Chase Jarvis

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
Adam Grant

Give and Take
Adam Grant

The Art of Creative Rebellion
John S. Couch

creativity inc

Creativity Inc.
Ed Catmull 

Creative Confidence
Tom Kelley 

Feck Perfuction
James Victore

The Accidental Creative
Todd Henry

Making Ideas Happen
Scott Belsky

Art is Work
Milton Glasser

Sorry Spock, Emotions Drive Business
Adam Morgan

Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

Creative Strategy and the Business of Design
Douglas Davis

The Art of Innovation
Tom Kelley

Change by Design
Tim Brown

Dare to Lead
Brené Brown

The Making of a Manager
Julie Zhuo

The Book of Beautiful Questions
Warren Berger

Think Again
Adam Grant

Herding Tigers
Todd Henry

Radical Candor
Kim Scott

It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work
Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson


A little something to keep inspired.

Hi Fructose
Great for visual inspiration.

Great for visual inspiration.


Some sites and blogs I like to visit to keep my informed and inspired.

Provides actionable insights on productivity, organization, and leadership to help creatives people push ideas forward.

The digital product design platform used to make the world’s best customer experiences.

 Inspiring work and important news for the motion design, animation and visual effects communities.

Get smarter about what matters to you.

Premium Beat
Video editing, Video Production, Motion Graphics, they cover it all.

No Film School
A resource for all things filmmaking.

A community based photography news website featuring the latest industry news and original articles from photographers and videographers.

SLR Lounge
Photography and videography news and reviews.

You can access the latest blog posts from across the company and perspectives from Adobe executives.


Some great conferences to check out if you are looking to recharge your creative batteries.

The Adobe 99U Conference is a one-of-a-kind live experience that inspires creative professionals to bring their ideas to life and shape the future of the industry.

Adobe MAX
MAX brings together the world’s top creatives and best-in-the business experts to get inspired, learn skills, and play.

One of the largest annual gatherings of creative professionals in the world, HOW Design Live is a career-changing, life-altering experience.


We should always be looking to broaden our horizons.

IDEO U is an online school where leaders can unlock their creative potential and build their problem-solving skills.

MasterClass offers online classes created for students of all skill levels. Our instructors are the best in the world.
Learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. Join today to get access to thousands of courses.

Online classes in photography, graphic design, craft & DIY, marketing, business and entrepreneurship.


Some people I look to for insights and inspiration.

Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist who believes in a bright future and our ability to build ittogether.

Seth Godin
Seth is a writer, a speaker and an agent of change.

Tina Roth-Eisenberg
Tina Roth Eisenberg is a Swiss designer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is best known for founding the Swiss Miss design blog and studio.

Chase Jarvis
Chase Jarvis is an American photographer, director, artist, and entrepreneur.


Put that commute to good use.

Design Matters
In 2005, Debbie Millman started a radio show, Design Matters, the first ever podcast about design and an inquiry into the broader world of creative culture.

Chase Jarvis Live
Chase Jarvis sits down with the world’s top creative entrepreneurs and thought leaders and unpacks actionable, valuable insights to help you live your dreams in your career

The Crazy One
In every episode, Stephen Gates will help you find new breakthroughs in your career, creativity, and leadership.

The Accidental Creative
Weekly tips and interviews with top thinkers, leaders, and artists for over a decade.

Real Creative Leadership
Practical guidance for any creative director seeking to bring the value of creative ideals to the highest levels of their organization.

Creative Mornings
CreativeMornings, a breakfast lecture series for the global creative community, brings some of our most remarkable and inspiring archived talks—from hometown heroes to design legends to community leaders


Some essential resources to watch online.

Start With Why
Simon Sinek | TEDx Puget Sound

Why Leaders Eat Last
Simon Sinek | 99u

How to Get People to Follow You
Simon Sinek | Inside Quest

Quieting the Lizard Brain
Seth Godin | 99u


Some shows to watch to keep inspired.

Abstract: The Art of Design
Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life. | Netflix

Chef’s Table
In this Emmy-nominated series, meet culinary stars around the world who are redefining gourmet food with innovative dishes and tantalizing desserts. | Netflix

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