MUST HAVE Graphic Design Gadgets & Equipment | Amazon Best Buys

MUST HAVE Graphic Design Gadgets & Equipment | Amazon Best Buys

February 29, 2020 12 By Bernardo Ryan


in my last video I mentioned that I use
quite a lot of different equipment so I decided we should compile all the
equipment all the equipment I use into one video I can
talk to you about the stuff that I love that I’m not too fussed about that I
recommend or I don’t don’t and I thought it would be quite fun to sort of compile it
all into one video I’ll link everything that I mentioned down in the description
below let’s just get straight into
it so the main thing that I use as a graphic designer and a youtuber is
obviously my laptop but I have the MacBook Pro Retina 2013 edition I bought
it years ago it’s at least it’s at least 6 years old I think when I bought it and
it’s had a new battery since but I absolutely love it I don’t know what I’d
do without it 100% the best purchase I have made but very very expensive to buy
but so worth it it’s definitely paid for itself over the years the only thing I changed with it when I ordered it was that I got it
upgraded to a bigger RAM so it’s got 16 gigabytes of RAM the next big
thing that I use quite a lot and one of the first things I purchased more
graphic design based was my little Wacom drawing tablet so this is the plug-in
version I think the Bluetooth version was like £30 more and at the time
couldn’t afford it so I bought the wired version it’s been no problem for me
comes with a little stylus pen thing and you can use it for drawing and stuff on
your laptop I used to use it on illustrator quite a lot I use my iPad a
lot more now but I still love going back to my roots and doing this I bought this
while I was at uni and I bought it with my student loan there under like a
hundred pounds so that’s so so affordable for what they do this exact
model does not exist anymore they’ve discontinued it but they have brought
out a similar one so I will leave that in the description I feel like I’m
slowly going to mess up my entire office in this video the next thing that is
actually a very recent purchase but one that I probably should have made a while
ago is my keyboard so I have the Apple keyboard so you’ll see that the keyboard
is sort of underneath the laptop and then there’s a trackpad in front of it I really really like this setup because I never ever used to
work from my desk for the reason that I couldn’t use a trackpad I hate using
mice so I’ve treated myself to a trackpad and this keyboard so this
keyboard is the magic keyboard 2 I feel like they’ve discontinued this I’ll try
and find a link for you but basically this is the one that doesn’t require
batteries you can recharge it with like this little not this one
there’s a little charging port and so you just plug it in to the usb on
your laptop and you can recharge it and then in front of that I have this which
looks like literally nothing but it is a trackpad so the little thing that you
move your fingers on on a laptop this is just a bigger version of that very
expensive things to buy which actually pains me a little bit but where I can I
have bought refurbished ones so that’s a talked about to save some money if you
are in need of an Apple keyboard which I initially didn’t think I was but
the main thing for me was the size and also the shortcuts and initially I had
this keyboard which is beautiful I absolutely love this this was very
kindly gifted to me it’s from logi or Logitech is it Logitech I’m not sure
I’ll link in the description and I used this for a solid like nine months and
loved it the only thing that frustrated me was the fact that it’s not a Apple
keyboard it’s just a regular Windows one so it didn’t have the command button and
some of the keys are like the wrong way around
if you’ve ever switched between a Windows and Apple keyboard in the same
day you’ll understand the struggle and it also comes with a mouse and it’s
powered via a little tiny USB thing which you plug in to your computer
before we go to the next thing actually I also have the Magic Mouse I
bought this with a gift voucher that I got sort of I got like money back when I
bought my laptop and I bought myself the Magic Mouse I have used this probably a
handful of times in the whole six years I’ve owned my laptop honestly I just
don’t really like mice like I’ve just never really got on with them ok the
next big thing that I use is when I can get it out
from underneath all the rubbish I’m hoarding is my iPad I as you probably
know if you’ve watched my channel for a while I have the iPad pro it’s very
smeary and very mucky oh look there you can see my camera setup but I bought
this iPad pro when I was like halfway through uni I had the idea in my head I
used most of my student loan and I bought myself tn definitely a bit of an
impulse purchase but down the line it worked out so so this is the iPad pro
it’s a refurbished one so I bought from Amazon certified refurbished which means
it wasn’t brand new when I got it but it works just as new and it also had a
one-year warranty it like normal products do it’s 12.9 inch
don’t know if I said that and it’s also 128 gigabytes which I didn’t realize until I
wrote this down in the video to be honest if you’re gonna buy an iPad I
wouldn’t worry too much about the storage on it because literally
everything I use is on my cloud storage this could literally have 16 gig of
storage and I feel like that could be fine I don’t have that many apps on it I
mainly use procreate and stuff so I’ll also link in the description the case
that I have on this iPad it’s like a magnetic case that wakes up the screen
is currently turned off that’s why it’s not waking up I have this little thing
wrapped around it for the apple pencil and then it also has a screen protector
on the iPad itself and obviously I have the Apple pencil I feel like it’d be
rude to have the iPad pro without the pencil so this is the first generation
one it made me want to cry for many days when I knew that this was gonna cost me
a hundred pounds I just couldn’t understand why since buying it I’m the
biggest advocate since buying an Apple pencil and it pains me I have been well
and truly taken over with the Apple bug I’m quite proud of it and I’m quite
happy about it I’ve always wanted to own Apple products I feel like my 13 year
old self would actually cry with a happiness knowing how many Apple
products I’ve been able to purchase over the years probably should should have
said this at the beginning but this is not like a humble brag kind of video
this is all stuff I’ve sort of accumulated accumulated over the years
I’m pretty good at saving money and spending it wisely so yes if you add all
this up it’s a lot I don’t even want to think about it but I’m not trying to brag
it’s just stuff I have found useful and have treated myself to over the years
after working bloomin hard so please don’t come at me the next biggest sort
of addition to my office space is actually a second monitor that I’ll
insert a cut away of this is the BenQ designer monitor I actually did a full
video about this so I’ll link that in the description too but it is beautiful
it is an absolute beauty it was very very kindly gifted to me so thank you
so much thank you I honestly really really appreciate it it’s a bit Spenny
it’s very Spenny actually but if you are serious about taking design and doing
design as a job or a career then highly highly recommend let’s just have a look
down my list I definitely recommend getting a laptop stand if you don’t have a
desktop computer it’s such a good idea to raise up your laptop from desk level
because you are gonna end up hunched over and it’s gonna hurt you know I’ve
learnt the hard way so buying that laptop stand super affordable for what it is
it twists and it’s really really sturdy there’s no chance my laptops
gonna fall off it 10 out of 10 recommend so I actually have two identical hard
drives because I like them that much I had to find another one so this is a
Toshiba little tiny portable hard drive it’s one terabyte in memory and I bought
this probably right at the beginning of uni so it’s got all my uni work on it
it’s got all my old photography work on it it’s got all my design work on it all
my videos on it for the past four years and it’s still not full so yeah I
absolutely love this it doesn’t require any mains power you plug it in via
the USB slot and it works perfectly fine I think in the future I’d probably
purchase like a solid-state hard drive which basically means they’re less
likely to break but affordability wise and so far I’ve had no problem with
these touch wood last few techie bits I guess or like graphic design techy
bits anyway are my two little printers so I have a little label printer so if
you don’t already know I have an online store that’s always linked in the
description so many links in the description today and
I have a little printer that lets me print out address labels or pretty
labels for things prints and just black and white it’s from brother it’s called
the QL 700 it makes my parcels look way more professional when they arrive at
their new homes and I also have the Canon mg3250 printer which is a
scanner and a printer I have had this for maybe about eight years but yeah I
just use that for like test printing things and printing out invoices and
stuff I don’t print my products from that printer I outsource my like prints
and my greeting cards and stuff I don’t print anything on site in my office
I have some techy YouTube bits so if this interests you keep watching so a
lot of people always ask me what I film on I film on a canon g7x mark 2 I have two
so I’m filming with one right now and I have this one this is my old one I think
it’s about three years old now and I’ve bought a new one the one I’m filming on
because I thought this one was on its last legs and I was very scared of it
all of a sudden dying and me being lost so about four months ago I bought you
but they’re both still going strong and it’s actually worked out really well for
when I’m filming like tutorials and stuff when I’m filming my desk and my
face I love them a lot they have like the screens and when I’m vlogging I can
like see what I’m filming and the screen also tilts so if I’m doing a little mini
photo shoot I can see when I’ve got the angles and stuff really good focus all
that I’ve never had a problem with them and I also did a little DIY wind
proof thing on the top so if I go outside in windy weather you can still
hear me that’s effectively what this is for in terms of like memory and stuff
for my camera I use little Sandisk memory cards I have a couple here I have
a range of different ones I have some of the like Extreme Pro ones which save
videos and photos a lot faster then I have like the basic ones this is just a
16 gig one which I use rarely because it is a bit slower but they are more
affordable another camera I have is a GoPro I rarely use this to be honest I
bought this for when I went travelling I’m not gonna get it out of its case
it’s very well packed but we all know what a GoPro looks like I bought that
GoPro and I bought a little accessory set the
accessories were from Amazon and the GoPro was own brand from there and yeah
the accessories were great love it a lot I got some good footage when I
was on my holidays and I’m excited to use that again soon the next time I
go traveling although I don’t have anything booked to
go travelling so maybe you should get on that next thing is
tripods – the big tripod that I’m using right now I have had for probably about
10 years now it’s been very well-loved it’s just a small lightweight it was
about 30 maybe 40 pounds and I’ve loved it ever since I owned it I also have
when I find it I have recently bought myself one of these tripods it’s a Manfrotto one you’ve probably seen a lot of youtubers buy these and have these I
really like using this for when I’m like vlogging around the house and in my room
because it’s sturdy and you can hold it like as like a single monopod or you can
stretch out the legs and it’s a tripod you press this and you can change the
angle of the little ball head thing and you just like screw camera onto the top
I really like this but it’s Spenny there’ll be definitely cheaper versions
out there before I bought myself the over overpriced Manfrotto tripod I
actually used this little tiny thing so this came free with a video camera
we bought when I probably was about 12 and it’s just got little bendy legs
I suppose it’s like a very tiny version of a gorilla pod and I use this for
years as my little tripod when I was vlogging around the house and a lot of
the time I’ll still take this out with me because it’s a lot smaller to hold
than the Manfrotto one I’ll try and find one similar to this because I love this
I am NOT going to go to an event with this in my pocket
no thank you I will still pick this one up I also I’m like taking everything off
my office here I also have this one so this has a big clip on it and then I
have a bendy arm on it and I actually have some shelves above my desk and I
clip this onto my shelves point it downwards and that’s how I film my desk
for tutorials final little tripod thing I didn’t
realize how many tripods I own until I wrote this down earlier I bought this
from Amazon recently it’s a little phone a tripod
so you can put your phone in here and then it’s got a little tripod and then
you just screw in a normal tripod you can film like live videos on Instagram
and whatever you want to do with your phone I film quite a lot of like packing
time lapses with my phone when I’m like packing orders for my shop by the way
the phone that I have is the iPhone XR and I take a lot of my Instagram time
lapses and a lot of my Instagram photos and stuff on this I also do take photos
on my g7x now a lot more all right we’re on the final stretch hopefully I’m not
boring you guys to death with this video I have a microphone so I am currently
using it I can’t show you it right now but it’s the blue Yeti microphone and I
bought the prettiest one I could find I love it a lot you can use it for
podcasting it has like a dual mode it’s got loads of different modes you can
plug headphones into it and stuff I literally use it on this basic mode and
it’s always sounded great for me whilst I was writing stuff down for this video
I was looking around my office and in my drawers at what i use and i saw this
and i saw another youtuber talk about this I can’t remember who it was but
basically if you look at the bottom it has a slot for a big memory card if i
put it in the right way like that and then the one above it is for like a
micro memory card and all you do is take your memory card out your camera plug
this into the bottom of your phone and it’ll light up and it will just register
it and you can transfer the photos from your camera to your phone straight away
i think thats so handy because although the g7x has a mode where i can
wirelessly send photos to my phone which by the way is an amazing mode it does
run the battery down quite a lot so just kind of cutting out the middleman and
switching the card and put a plug in it straight into your phone saves battery
saves your doing the Bluetooth thing just a good little good little device
another little gadget that I recently bought is this little USB hub so this is
from anchor again from Amazon honestly prime delivery
kills me and this is just because I needed some more USB slots in my laptop
I only have two so with this I can just plug it in and then I have the four that
are in this and then the one spare so I end up with five I also have to mention
this I take this everywhere with me it’s very mucky it’s got like deodorant
and stuff all over it it is a portable charger it’s from a company called
easyacc I initially was gifted one probably about six years ago that one
died very loved to death I used it literally to death so I bought myself a
new one it charges my phone at least four times you can see there how charged
it is it’s got two slots so if you want to help your pal out and charge your pals
phone – it does have a torch on it which I think it’s a very weird addition why
don’t know but it’s like it’s a bit hefty like it’s not the tiniest portable
charger it’s pretty much the same size as my iPhone but four times worth of
charge I can happily leave my house without a phone charger
overnight and be safe and know that I’m not gonna be left stranded oh one thing
I forgot is the filming light that I’m using so I bought this years ago
it’s from a company called Amaran I think it’s called so it’s the Amaran
aperture and I used an existing light stand that I had because it just had the
same little like attachment thing and then I have a like an opaque what’s this
called transparent brolly I have an umberella in front of it it sort of
diffuses the light and makes it less harsh I thought I would also link a few
little things I like to use so I will link my desk in the description it’s
from Ikea it has the adjustable legs on it which I really like I like having
quite high desks but I can’t afford one of those sit stand ones so I went for
the middle ground and then sort of kind of cable management and stuff I found an
extension lead that one is actually pretty cute it’s colorful I like it and
– you can actually isolate the sockets on it I have little cable tidy hook
things I will I find them here is my box of gadgets in
here I have the command strips that I use a lot and then I have these little
things which have like double-sided sticky on the back and you can put wires
in the gaps and it helps you sort of organize your cables so like when you
unplug your phone it doesn’t fall to the floor you could stick these on your
bedside table whatever you want there’s like different ones there’s little
single ones it came in like a big set a little double ones and I have these
stuck on the backside of my desk again just to keep my printer wires sort of
ready for me to go my charger just so it doesn’t fall down the back of the desk
and make things really inconvenient when I need to like plug stuff in I think
that overarching theme of my desk setup in this video is that I’ve gone for the
most efficient setup I can get without spending too much money if I can I’ve
always chosen refurbished items or I’ve tried a cheaper one to begin with and
then realized I want the upgrade but I think I’m getting there I think the next
thing I quite like is a longer desk I definitely need more space but for now I
really enjoy myself and I quite enjoy working in here
I feel productive when I’m in here which i think is the main thing all right
that’s it I’m bored my brain hurts I’m sure yours does too if I have missed
anything if you have any questions about something that I mentioned let me know
thanks for watching and I’ll see you soon for another one