This post is part of a series where Behance developers talk about the various tools they use to get things done and make ideas happen.
1) Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
Since arriving at Behance, I’ve worked on several key features that power the Behance Network, including signup, project editing and display, JobList, and many others. Some smaller features I’ve been involved in are the dashboard, collections, product integration in your projects, and lots of small tweaks throughout the site. On ProSite, I worked on password protection for your pages and projects, custom favicon and webclip uploads, custom appreciation sticker, and Twitter integration. One of my main responsibilities is integrating our products with third party APIs, which allows us to offer users the ability to sign up using their Facebook or Google account, find their friends from Twitter, Gmail or Yahoo on Behance, or promote their work directly to their social networks. Much of that work involves creating modular and scalable solutions for OAuth authentication, data caching, and working with multiple protocols in an effort to provide a seamless integrated experience.
2) What hardware do you use?
I spend most of my day staring into two Dell U2410 monitors, one of which is vertical. Those are connected to a PC with an Intel Core i7-930 processor, 8GB RAM and running Windows 7 (though Apple’s products are slowly creeping into my life). I have the most basic keyboard and mouse ever, though I put them through hell and they’re still going strong. I also use a Dell Studio XPS 16 laptop, the original iPad, 3G iPod Touch, and I rock a Droid Pro on Verizon Wireless. Also worth mentioning are my Bose IE2 in-ear headphones, which I adore and always have on me, the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II headphones I use for high end listening, and the pair of KRK Rokit 5 studio monitors that probably irritate my neighbors. With the help of an Apple Airport Express, and MAYA 44 USB and Serato SL1 sound cards, nearly all of this stuff is integrated throughout my home and work life, either wirelessly or with the most discretely tied and hidden wiring you will ever see.
3) What software do you use?
Other great tools I use include Digsby for instant messaging and monitoring email accounts and my Twitter feed, Google Docs (or Excel if I need more power) for spreadsheets and other documents, and Evernote for organizing damn near everything. Some useful tools I have bookmarked are jsFiddle, Pastebin for PHP, Procssor, JSONLint and JSONFormatter. One awesome app worth mentioning is Gmote, which is an Android and Windows app that enables your android phone to control your PC mouse and keyboard – very useful when watching laptop-sourced content on TV or when you break your index finger and have to work with your thumb for a few weeks.
4) What do you listen to while working?
As an occasional DJ, I spend a few hours a week reviewing and curating the newest tracks out there for my own enjoyment and for the benefit of my library. I usually drop about 1-2 GB of tracks onto my Dropbox and enjoy it from anywhere. Generally speaking, this consists of electronic music (house, electro, dubstep) but also spans hip hop, alertnative rock, and some pop and Top 40. Currently, I’m listening to the new David Guetta, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jay-Z & Kanye West albums, as well as individual tracks from Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Chuckie, Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii and dozens of others. I’m a big fan of remixed tracks, and enjoy tracks from the Rock-It! Scientists, R3hab, Chew Fu, and lots of other smaller DJs and artists. I often drop these into my own mixed sets, which you can find on Dance Floor DJ, a site powered by ProSite and SoundCloud.
5) Out of all the equipment used, what piece of software/hardware do you feel is the most useful of all?
I have to agree with Malcolm Jones and go with my monitors. Having 4.6 million pixels of real estate (over 550 square inches of real space) to play with is invaluable, and the effect that it has had on my productivity makes me want a third and fourth monitor. Working on a laptop feels like a struggle by comparison. Having one of them oriented verically provides plenty of space for a full size browser window and Firebug beneath it, while the horizontal monitor displays Notepad++ with additional panes open. Moving IM, email, and Twitter to the taskbar and music control to the media buttons on my keyboard allows me to remain efficient while I continue to work one some exciting new features for the Behance Network that you’ll soon be able to use and adore.
For more, follow me on Twitter at @dimamix.