177 - Carl Barenbrug
Carl Barenbrug is a product designer, recently joining TalkJS, and creative director at Minimalissimo
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Based in Edinburgh, he spends his time crafting visual things for screens, researching minimalism, exploring technology, designing products, publishing thoughts, and destroying his skin in repeated attempts at climbing blocs.
Twitter → twitter.com/carlbarenbrug
Inside Carl’s Workspace
On the desk:
M1 MacBook Air
Aluminium laptop stand by OMOTON
32” 4k Samsung Space Monitor
Keychron K3 mechanical keyboard
Apple Magic Mouse
Microsoft Surface Headphones 2
A couple of MUJI sketching pens
A black MUJI notebook
Safari for browsing
iA Writer for writing and notes
Dropbox + Paper for file storage and documentation
Photoshop for photo editing
Figma for designing
Telegram + Slack for comms
Transmit for FTP client
Visual Studio Code for coding
Are.na for bookmarking
What is your favorite item in your workspace?
I think it’s the Keychron K3 keyboard. Initially I bought it simply for the form factor, but I genuinely enjoy the tactility of using it now. Takes a little getting used to and the battery power could be better, but it’s a beautifully designed product.
How do you spark creativity?
My creativity is usually sparked by browsing Are.na and Twitter and speaking with a very small group of individuals who inspire me. But ideas are formed more clearly in my head when I am away from the screen and out in nature or in the climbing gym. It’s very easy to fall into narrow-minded thinking when you’re sitting behind a screen all day. Walking away and reflecting on ideas allows me to kill an idea or experiment with it.
How do you keep the work-life balance?
Introduce enough distraction in your life that you can’t always be focused on the work. Some can hold greater meaning than others of course. I balance work with spending time with my loved ones, my cats, climbing, tennis, video games, TV shows, and audio books. I’m also trying to learn French at the moment. All of these things take blocks of time in my week and it’s not always me who dictates what happens when, but I manage to find a good balance that makes me feel pretty calm, collected, and motivated.
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