What’s in a web designers bag?

Posted by: Alex on July 23, 2013

Items in a Web Designers Bag

Here’s a look at what I carry on mostly a daily basis in my bag to work.

From top left, going in a clockwise manner:

Firstly, the bag is a “Brenthaven 15″ Collins Slim Brief Case for MacBook Pro” I found this Laptop Bag to have the optimum mix of comfort, pockets/storage, price & quality.

Moleskine notepad – the quality of these notepads is awesome, personally I opt for the medium plain paper version, as I can mix doodling and notes, great for those, like myself, who are both web developers & designers.

Wallet – the everyday leather wallet, scarcely containing money, just debit cards, receipts & ID’s.

iPad
– you’ll either love them or hate them, but the iPad is a must have in my opinion for most web designers working on front end projects, just look at the analytics of your website to see the stats of visitors from iPads.. it’s definitely worth having one to help optimise your website! – Plus, they’re just great all around tablets.

15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display
– Overkill for many web designers/developers, and again, you’ll love || hate them. For me they’re just such reliable machines, I was a pure windows fan boy and hated Apple until I got an iMac in work and realised just the difference they make. Go to any web conference and you’ll see a huge majority of attendees on MacBook’s, and for good reason, the array of apps specifically for MacOS is awesome. Here’s my suggested Top Apps for Mac – Web Designers & Developers

iPad/iPhone charger – you know why..

Card Wallet – I’m using this more and more than my standard wallet as cash quickly becomes a thing of the past and the “plastic” (debit cards etc) is all I need.

Apple iPhone 5 – Unfortunately, like many people, I can’t go anywhere without my phone nowadays, I’ve got it on a 4G contract too so nice and snappy!

A Book – Always good to keep a book with you, at the time of posting for me it’s “Insites – The Book” by @viewportind.

USB Pen – The elusive USB pen, never there when you need it, I’ve found a little pouch in my bag and ensure it’s always kept there, although I find USB’s are being used much less with the advent of cloud apps and storage, such as Dropbox. – The USB is a 16gb Integral.

Screen Cloth – Those pesky fingerprints will just keep coming back!

Sunglasses – Only in summer of course, but helps avoid that screen glare! (Knock-off Raybands for me)

Pens & Pencils – Always need these! These 3 are the main ones I carry. They are from left to right: Ardier Pen, Uni Pin Fine Line Pigment Ink 0.5, Progesso 2B Solid Pencil.