Luis Sosa

Creative Director at More Starch

My desk is always cluttered.

What do you do?

I’m the Co-Founder and Creative Director of a Communication Studio in Mexico city called More Starch. We work primarily with NGOs and cultural projects. We do everything and anything digital that allows us to communicate our clients ideas.

What’s on your desk?

I work on old Chrome Aluminum and Formica table that I bought from a vintage furniture store. It has no drawers which can lead to clutter, but I love being able to spread out. I recently added a little tray table underneath that’s done very little to control the mess.

I sit on a Herman Miller Celle chair but, since I tend to lean forward and perch on the edge, it does fuck all for my posture.

On my desk is a Dell P2715Q connected to a 2014 15″ Retina Macbook Pro with a 2.5 GHZ i7 Quad Core, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD drive docked in a Rain Design Vertical Dock. This thing is a ridiculously capable machine and, I feel little need to upgrade 3 years on. Although whenever I’m in a meeting and someone pulls out one of the new black 13″ Macbook Pros I feel a twinge of envy at how light they are.

I also have a Logitech C920 webcam.

My mouse is a Logitech MX Master which replaced a Razer Adder (again trying to limit wires on my desk)

I’m still addicted to my wired mechanical switch Filco Ninja keyboard

My speakers are a pair of Kanto K2′s in matte black which sound fantastic

My desk is usually quite cluttered.

Depending on the day I have anywhere from 2 to 6 external hard drives floating around.

I recently purchased a pair of wireless Sony Noise Cancelation H.ear headphones, which sound great and freed me of wires, but really just let me zone out when the rest of the office is blasting music on the amazon echo speaker.

You can just spot a pair of open ear Grado SR80s hanging off my lamp, which I occasionally use as well.

There’s my trusty Ricoh GR camera, which despite its limitations (autofocus is slow as hell,) manages to produce some fantastic photos due to it’s large sensor.

My black iPhone 6s + (128 GB) is at home sitting in a Twelve Rise dock.

I have an Kindle Voyage that I use to read whenever I need to step away from work for a bit.

I use a Boogie Board to replace the endless stacks of post-its I’d go through for jotting down quick notes. I snap a picture of the board on my phone and that’s it.

Although for longer stuff I use my 9.7" 128 gb gold iPad Pro with Notability.

I keep an original Marc Johns illustration framed on my desk to remind me to have a sense of humor about everything.

An old Mariage Fréres tea tin serves as a pen, cable, random stuff holder

and then there’s a myriad of decorative nicknacks.

What’s on your computers desktop?

The folders are mainly self explanatory and those that aren’t are mainly projects I’m working on, random saved files from games, occasionally a show I’m watching and “New Folder” where I unceremoniously dumped all the crap i had on my desktop whenever I get frustrated by the clutter.

What are your must have apps?

On my menu bar (from left to right)

  1. Airmail — My email client of choice. I switched due to the vertical panes before Mac updated their mail client and now I’m used to it.
  2. Wunderlist — Great cross platform To-Do list app which allows for shareable list with task assignment.
  3. Memory Cleaner — Great app that gives me at a glance info on RAM usage and lets me flush it out when things get slow.
  4. VyprVPN — One of the best VPN services I’ve found which still works with Netflix
  5. Annotate — A fantastic screenshot annotation tool that was just purchased by Cloudapp. Here’s hoping they don’t fuck it up like Evernote did Skitch.
  6. Magnet — A windows management tool that I just started using. Great for quick side by side comparisons
  7. 1password — This has made my life SO MUCH EASIER. It allows for tracking of all my account passwords and syncs with the iOS app.
  8. Unclutter — this app is fantastic. I put my mouse on the top edge of the menu bar, scroll down, and a little drawer pops out that has a note pad, and a file drawer. Very useful for the random stuff you need to keep close by. In theory this should help declutter my desktop
  9. Bartender — This app let’s me tuck away me less used menu apps into a tiny drawer.
  10. DayOne — a fantastic journaling app which I use on both my mac and my iOS devices.
  11. BackBlaze — Cloud based backup that gives me piece of mind that I won’t ever lose ANYTHING.
  12. Fantastical 2 — A wonderful calendar app that lets me use natural language to set up appointments.
Bartender Drawer

What are your favorite dock apps?

Tweetbot — Best twitter client ever. So much so that whenever I see the native twitter client I gag a little. Tweetbot could use an update though.

Telegram desktop app — I desperately wish more people would jump ship from iMessage and Whatsapp and just use telegram. It’s my favorite messaging app.

Slack — This has fundamentally changed how I run my creative studio. Fantastic app.

Airmail — My email client of choice. I switched due to the vertical panes before Mac updated their mail client and now I’m used to it.

Spotify — Probably the best money I spend a month.

Simplenote — Been using this for years now to have notes synced everywhere.

Notability — Started using this with my iPad pro to take notes and ended up buying the Mac app just to sync.

VLC — Old school media app that will play ANYTHING