Music That Inspires Me While I Code and Design

I spend a lot of time in Sketch and Atom designing prototypes for my full-time job. For inspiration and to help me stay focused, I listen to a lot of music throughout the day. Usually my choice is instrumentals or soundtracks. Music with vocals tends to be more of a distraction.

So I thought I’d take some time share some of my favorite tunes while I’m head-down in Code or UX design.


First up on my List is The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Original Game Soundtrack. I really love this album and most of the time it’s my immediate go-to for background music while I work. With 53 tracks there is a lot to like and plenty of variety to get you through your work session.

I pretty much love this album from start to end. Picking favorites is tough, but here are a few standouts that I really enjoy when they come on:

Far Horizons
From Past to Present
Ancient Stones

Second on my list is all of The Game of Thrones soundtracks combined into one playlist. That’s 159 tracks — 7 hours and 40 minutes — which pretty much covers most of my workday. As soundtracks to a TV show there are repeating themes, but Ramin Djawadi is an amazing composer and his slight variations make for enjoyable listening.

Here is my public playlist on iTunes for all the soundtracks to date:

Here are some of my favorite themes from this series.

The Kings Road
A Lannister Always Pays His Debts
Winter Has Come
Dragonstone

My Third go-to is the Tron Legacy soundtrack. It’s a great compilation, especially when you’re immersed in an IDE writing code.

And here are some of my favorites from this soundtrack:

Recognizer
The Game Has Changed

So there you have it, some music that really helps inspire and get me though my work days. There are plenty more (I could go on forever sharing) but I think I will stop here for now. If anything here is new to you musically, I hope you enjoy it and it becomes a favorite addition to your collections, as well.

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