Mac Setup: The Office of a Creative Director & User Experience Designer
This weeks featured Mac setup is the office of Creative Director and UX designer Stewart A., who not only has a stellar workstation with a lot of great hardware, but he also shares some excellent backup tips that could help out everyone. Let’s jump right in and learn more about this great setup!
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What do you use your Apple gear for?
As a Creative Director and User Experience Designer, my daily tasks vary wildly but include; web site design and programming, mobile interface wireframe conceptualizations and interactive prototyping, video editing, advertising and marketing communications, and corporate identity and branding.
What hardware does your Mac setup consist of?
- Mac Pro (2013) – 3.5 GHz 6-Core, 1TB Internal SSD, 32GB RAM, Twin AMD D500 Video Cards
- External CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt RAID Array (1x 4GB HD / 2x 1 TB SSD in RAID 0 Configuration for Maximum Speed)
- Retina MacBook Pro (2012) 15″ – 16GB RAM, 500GB Internal SSD
- DELL XPS Desktop PC – Core i7, nVidia GeForce GTX Titan Z Video Card, 1TB Hard Drive, 16GB RAM
- 2x LaCie d2 USB 3.0 4TB Hard Drives
- iPad Air 128GB with Cellular Antenna
- iPad 3 64GB
- iPad Mini with Retina Display 32GB
- 2x DELL U3011 UltraSharp 30″ Monitors
- 1x DELL 24” Ultrasharp Monitor
- 1x DELL 20” Ultrasharp Monitor
- 1x Samsung 20“ High-Def Television Monitor
- 1x SONY 10” Portable BD player/High-Def Monitor
- Epson Perfection 4990 Flatbed Scanner
- Nikon Super Coolscan 4000 ED Slide Film Scanner
- Epson Artisan 835 Wireless Printer
- Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Wireless Wide-Format Color Inkjet Printer
- HP LaserJet P2055dn Printer
- Xerox Phaser 6500/DN Color Laser Printer
- JVC SRVS10U DV/Super VHS Dubbing Deck
- SONY DSR-11 MINIDV DVCAM Digital Player Recorder
What apps do you use most often? What are some of your favorites for OS X and iOS?
- Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Lightroom, Microsoft Office Suite, OmniGraffle, Panic Transmit, QuarkXpress, Visio, and VMWare are the applications I use most often.
- I couldn’t live without Adobe Photoshop and about a dozen plug-ins.
- My favorite application for Macintosh is often Adobe Premiere.
- My favorite apps for iOS are “Pocket” and “Evernote.”
Do you have any tips or helpful info you want to share with OSXDaily readers?
Time machine alone is not a sufficient backup resource. While it’s useful for restoration and versioning of files (as many as the disk space will permit), you should have two other external backups at any given time, preferably in different locations and updated on a daily, weekly or at most, monthly schedule, for complete protection. Why? It’s not a question of “if,” but “when” will a hard drive or SSD fail and destroy your digital life forever.
As an example, I use a large hard drive (speed is not a consideration) for hourly Time Machine backups. At 4TB, that’s often 6 months worth of data (i.e. I can restore any version of a file, even if deleted, from six months ago). Each night after work, I use “ SuperDuper” an easy-to-use, inexpensive application that makes a complete clone of my internal 1TB SSD and then shuts down the computer for me when complete. Should the internal SSD fail, I can immediately reboot from the external clone and get back to work while I repair or replace the internal mechanism that failed. Lastly, each week I make clones of all my primary work drives using portable, external USB 3 or Thunderbolt hard drives of the same capacities. Then, those drives are stored in a fire-proof safe or at an offsite location. In this manner, even if my home office literally burns to the ground, I have lost no more than one week of work.
Cloud based backup services are certainly convenient, but I don’t use them for the following reasons; there’s ongoing monthly/yearly expense, there’s little or no guarantee of protection or privacy of those files online, and backing up to the cloud, regardless of your ISP bandwidth, is often painfully slow. In other words, it takes forever.
If you archive files to offline storage, recordable Blu-ray (BD-R) discs are the best price-to-performance ratio and are far more reliable that their DVD equivalents (DVD-R). Still, just to be safe, you must make a backup of those discs (with a program such as Roxio Toast) and save that disc image to another type of storage medium (such as a hard drive) to another location
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