A Peek Into Our Studio Toolbox

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As a small studio, we are always on the lookout for tools that help our team be as successful and efficient as possible. While we don’t believe the tools we use define us, we do believe this is a handy guide on how we use them.

Pencil & Sketchbook

We all love our smartphones and tablets, however, we are even bigger fans of putting a pencil to paper. Why? It’s the best way to flow out ideas. Putting our thoughts on paper gives us the freedom to explore. Creating mind maps is one way we brainstorm because it lets us connect and further develop thoughts. Another reason why we’re fans: it forces us to slow down and work through problems so we can come up with thoughtful solutions. We don’t have beef with typing out ideas on a keyboard — there’s just more room to dive on paper.

Adobe Creative Cloud

At this point in time, it’s considered the industry standard for creative software. Photoshop is helpful for creating mockups and photo editing. Lightroom is also a savvy option for photo editing. Illustrator is great for creating vector based artwork, and InDesign for editorial design. We also use Premiere Pro for video editing and After Effects for motion graphics.

Asana

In order to stay organized and track projects, we exclusively use Asana as our project management tool. We can store and share files for specific tasks, track team’s progress based on who’s responsible for what and by when. It’s also useful for focused conversations with other team members.

Google Drive

We are strong believers in Google Drive. We are constantly creating new Docs to collaboratively hash out ideas and draft content just as I am doing now. We also use Sheets to track our weekly time sheets, Slides to create shareable presentations, and Calendar to schedule meetings.

Spotify/Pandora

Listening to music not only makes it a more peaceful work environment — it also helps us stay focused and productive.

What tools do you use?

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MaryGrace

Graphic Designer

MaryGrace (typically known as MG), graduated from The College of Saint Rose with a BFA in Graphic Design. While studying there, she found a love for all things art and design including typography, illustration, and photography. As a Junior Designer at brainworks.studio, MG assists in the creative development of print and web-based work from concept to completion. When she’s not glued to a computer, she enjoys stepping into nature and is currently an aspiring Adirondack 46er. MG is also an avid traveler, margarita connoisseur, and live music enthusiast.

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