Frank's desk setup and essential items

Uses.

The essentials.

These are the items I've curated that spark joy in my minimalist life.

Photography.

  • Sony a6000
    This is my go to when I've had to move fast and light. I've transitioned to using this mirrorless kit full time as I'm finding that moving fast and light is becoming increasingly valuable.

  • Sony 35mm f1.8
    This lens lives on my a6000. I love the versatile focal length of the 35mm (52.5mm equivalent on the crop sensor), and the f1.8 aperture is amazing for low light and creamy bokeh.

  • Sony 16-70mm f4
    The perfect lens to go with the a6000. A wide zoom range and constant aperture wrapped up in a light package.

  • Nikon D750
    A good full frame DSLR. I've had this for years, and it has survived backpacking around the world.

  • Nikon 50mm f1.4
    I love this lens for isolating a subject. The bokeh is smooth.

  • Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 I've sold this in favor of transitioning to my Sony mirrorless kit. It has served me well over the years.
    Such a versatile lens. I've used this the most throughout my travel.

  • GoPro HERO5 Black
    For when the elements get harsh. I've taken this climbing up rock faces and snorkeling in the ocean.

  • iPhone 12 Pro
    The best camera is the one you have with you. For those spontaneous moments when I don't have my main cameras with me.

  • Wandrd Prvke 21
    I've been trying to find the perfect bag to fit my needs. I think this might be it. My gear is secure, and the expandable roll top allows me to adapt to whatever the day might bring.

Computers.

  • MacBook Pro (14-inch, M1 Pro)
    I've made the jump to Apple Silicon and this M1 Pro chip is ⚡️ fast! I'm set for years. All of my workflows have gotten a speed boost.

  • Logitech MX Master 3
    There are so many recommendations for this mouse! It lives up to the hype. I'm using the previous model rather than the newer 3s.

  • Logitech MX Keys Mini for Mac
    This stays reliably connected to my Mac. This keyboard, combined with the MX Master 3, allows for seamlessly work across 2 Macs simultaneously. Just magic!

  • Apple Magic Trackpad 2
    I got this recently to comlpete my triple input setup. I love the ease of use of gestures. Also, I switch to the trackpad exclusively when my son is napping. I don't want to wake him with the loud clicking of the MX Master 3.

  • Logitech Zone Wired Earbuds
    With remote work being the norm, I need a good noise cancelling mic that doesn't run out of batteries.

  • Sony MDR-7506
    Comfortable over the ears for long listening sessions.

Coffee.

  • Aeropress Coffee Maker
    I love my morning Aeropress brew. It's also small enough to bring on long term travel.

  • Porlex Mini Grinder
    I need to be able to grind my whole bean coffee. Bonus points for packing nicely into an Aeropress.

  • MiiR Coffee Canister
    A bit large, but this does a great job of keeping coffee beans fresh.

  • KeepCup Brew Cork 8oz
    I love drinking out of the glass, and the cork band adds a bit of sophistication. I use this for home brewed coffee and when I get a takeaway at the cafe.

Hydration.

Everyday Carry.

  • iPhone 12 Pro
    Of course.

  • Bellroy Slim Sleeve For an even more minimal EDC, I've opted for the Mod Phone Case and Wallet combo
    Keep it light and carry the essentials. The leather ages well. I've had mine for years.

  • Bellroy Mod Phone Case and Wallet
    I've slimmed down to only carrying three cards, and now they're always accessible on the back of my phone. Plus, I can detach the wallet when I want to go even slimmer!

  • AirPods Pro
    So convenient! It's magic! Noise cancellation really makes those noisy busses disappear.

Digital.

  • Notion
    I've tried other apps in the past to stay organized, and this one has made the most sense for my use.

  • Figma
    This app is where I do all of my design work.

  • Adobe Lightroom
    All of my photos get added to Lightroom. It's where I find myself falling behind in my editing.

Analog.

Development.

  • VS Code
    My IDE of choice when coding JavaScript. I'm still trying to find the perfect theme. Currently, I'm rotating between Panda, Valley, and Horizon.

  • iTerm
    iTerm allows me to have split panes and tabs to keep my workspace organized. For consistency, I rotate between the same themes I use in VS Code.

  • Oh My Zsh
    Using the "refined" theme, I get a minimal aesthetic on the command line with just enough information to give me context on what I'm doing.

  • Dank Mono
    I look at a lot of code. Dank Mono is a monospaced font that I don't mind looking at for hours. I use this in VS Code and iTerm.