As Interactive Developers, we spend a lot of our time developing great work for our clients, but a lot of our job requires testing. While many people will tell you that this is my excuse for acceptable behavior, I carry multiple devices around for this reason specifically … kinda.
I follow a blog by Timbuk2 called “What’s In Your Bag” that displays their customers’ uses for their bags, and I thought this was the perfect way to show what we use on a daily basis for the work we do at Roberts Communications. Whether we’re doing browser testing for web development, email client testing for email marketing, updating our Trello board with project updates or chatting it up in Slack, we’ve always got multiple devices open at any given time.
So without further ado, here’s my entry for #whatsinyourbag:
Name: Jordan Bommelje
Place: Rochester, NY
Occupation: Interactive Developer at Roberts Communications
What can’t you live without? My iPhone 6s. No matter what I’m doing, if I realize I’m without my phone, I will stop and get it before I continue with anything.
What’s the most surprising thing you carry? Square ApplePay Reader. Completely forgot about that!
Bag: Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag
– 15” Retina MacBook Pro
– Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
– 12.9” iPad Pro w/ Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard
– 3rd Gen iPad Mini
– 128gb SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick
– Square ApplePay Reader
– Gunnar Glasses
– Apple Magic Mouse 2
– Leatherman Skeletool CX
By now you’re surely wondering, “Why does he carry all of this stuff around?” Here’s a little insight for each of those things and why I carry them around:
Computers: My MacBook Pro is my primary computer. I’ve got everything I need on it, which includes different Virtual Machines for testing. I’ll be honest, this would probably do the trick for everything I need, but the ThinkPad is a Windows computer with a touch screen that I can use for testing as well. It’s more of an optional computer, but it’s light enough where I don’t mind carrying it around.
Tablets: My iPad Pro is my go-to for meetings and note taking. I’m often multitasking Trello with Evernote on it so I have everything at-a-glance while doing work. The iPad mini is usually my “training” iPad, so I’ve got Lynda training videos downloaded for watching anywhere I am. This is another device I don’t really need all the time, but nice to have.
Accessories: You never know when you’ll need to copy a large hi-res video from one computer to another. Whenever it happens, no one ever seems to have a flash drive—but I do! That’s why I’ve got my SanDisk Wireless drive. I also spend most of my waking hours staring at a screen, which is why I use my Gunnar glasses to take a little strain off of my eyes. I know, they don’t work for everyone, but they’ve helped me tremendously. The other items are really there “just-in-case” I ever need them. Rarely do I, but they don’t really pertain to what I do at work.
Now these aren’t all the tools we use for our work, but they’re the ones I (personally) carry around with me at all times. My bag is my Swiss Army knife. It carries all the tools I could possibly need for any given job. What do you carry in your bag?