Desktop apps

Airtable*

An online database tool – much organisation and planning is done in this.

Alfred

Searches your computer with a few keystrokes – no more endless clicking. 

Diagrams

How Johnny makes the boxes and arrows to explain things in lessons.

MindNode

How Johnny made our course map.

Typora

This is where we type words – a simple text editor that also works with Markdown


Design

Bardot Brush

A nice lady who does easy-to-follow, colourful Procreate tutorials. 

Pen Tips*

Drawings are done with an Apple Pencil (2nd generation) that wears a Pen Tip for extra grip.

Procreate

Images are created with Procreate (made in Tasmania!), on an iPad Air (4th generation).


Project organisation

Johnny Decimal

A decimalised numbering system Johnny invented to organise files. When used in combination with Alfred, we can find any file instantly.


Recording and editing

Auphonic

An AI-based web service for video audio levelling.

Camo

This turns an iPhone into a webcam to record our talking heads in lessons. The footage is sucked directly into ScreenFlow.

ScreenFlow

Videos are recorded and edited in this. 


Cameras and lighting

Neewer LED panel lights

They light up our dark office during recording.

Røde NT-USB microphones

We had these because we used to do a podcast. They’re lovely.

Røde PSA1 studio arms

We used to have the mics on stands on the desk, but these are way better.


Security, back up, and storage

There's a whole back-up server and VPN situation. But our newest office friend is the Synology DiskStation DS118 with a Seagate 8TB IronWolf drive

We also use:

1Password

Arq

Backblaze

iCloud+


Desk setup

Door desk

Office desks are never big enough and they cost heaps. We copied the prototype that Lucy’s dad, Bob, made – two wooden doors sitting on IKEA office drawers and cabinets. The doors are heavy so it’s stable. Our cabling is neatly organised with power boards attached to the undersides. And when you move house, just lift the doors off.

Ekedalen chair

Johnny has tried and rejected numerous over-priced, ugly desk chairs. So he bought a standard chair-shaped chair from IKEA – turns out it works fine. Lucy's desk chair is ergonomically inappropriate and best left unmentioned.


Other things we couldn’t do this without

Lucy’s spider cup, by David Thorne.

Yeti mugs.

And of course, Excel – but Microsoft doesn’t need the publicity.



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