Shyam Adhikari

Anatomy of a designers backpack

Being a designer means always being curious and eager to learn something new every day weather you are working from home or from office you will need something to keep yourself updated throughout the day so as the title suggest what are the things that I carry every time in my backpack and lets see what's inside.

  1. The backpack itself

So it’s the container to everything you carry so it should be enough for your stuff so that you can carry around easily simple backpack with the for compartment for laptop would be enough. I suggest to get a backpack rather than the hand bag. Because it will be easier to move around with it weather you are in train, bus, motorbike, car or walking and the most importantly your stuffs will be safe.

2.Pen paper and a notebook

This is the most have items weather you want to create a paper wireframes or to validate discuss or note down any ideas. Notebook is for note keeping and writing down some inspirations or anything that your mind strikes. Also to prepare rough sketches ,IA or other things that you do as UI/UX designer you are going to need plain sheets of paper pencil and a notebook.

3.A portable laptop

Well this is obvious as a UI/UX designer having a laptop is must because you will be spending a lot of time in front of It. To digitalize your work you will need a computer ,Talking about raw power desktop always wins over the laptop on the basis portability laptop win over desktop so having a laptop with decent configuration is must .Your laptop should be able to run the UI/UX software like adobe suits, figma, sketch etc. smoothly and the laptop should be lightweight and portable .Another thing to keep in mind is the color accuracy as a designer you will be playing around the colors more often so best for laptop with higher color gamut and contrast ratio.

4.A headphone

Working long hours on the same thing can be dull so spice up yourself with some rock Metallica or some soothing nature sounds to get set your mood a headphone is always recommended earphones are decent light weight but I prefer headphone for longer hours of use .It goes easy with ears so wireless headphone is my recommendation it shouldn’t be expensive and fancy as long as its has good bass and decent sound quality it will be enough.

5.Dont forget the chargers.

We often tend to forgot our chargers when we are in hurry or moving from places. For long hours of work your laptop and phone both is going to need its food and I.e. its battery power so when are preparing to move around or just getting stuffs inside your backpack always put your phone and laptop charger first.

6.A blue cut lens

Blue cut lens features a special coating that reflects harmful blue light and and restricts it from passing through the lenses of our eyeglasses .Blue light emitted from computer and mobile phones and long term exposure to this type of light increase the chance of retinal damages so its always best to carry a blue cut lens with you. You need to take care of your eyes too!

So these are the things that I carry for my everyday work. Consider stuffs that are useful essential for you to work properly and making the most of it.

User interface designer. Making products more human.