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Shaun Inman

Shaun Inman

Designer, developer, composer

Posted Photo by Jason Santa Maria.

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm Shaun Inman and I'm kind of all over the place. I design, develop and compose for the web, apps and games. My bread-and-butter are self-hosted web-based applications like Mint and Fever but more recently I've been dabbling in iOS games and apps like Horror Vacui 2, Mimeo and the Kleptopus King and the Noise Entertainment System. When I'm not working I'm probably curled up on the couch with my DS or iPad.

What hardware do you use?

My primary machine is a 15" MacBook Pro 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 8GB of memory and a matte screen. I use it largely accessory-free since ceding the floor of my home office to a new addition to the household.

I have a number of iOS devices for testing including 2 8GB 3G iPod touches (Cecil and Kain), a 32GB 4G iPod touch (Terra) and an 16GB Wi-Fi iPad (Kefka).

All of which fits snugly into my Chocolate Acme Made Slim Cargo laptop bag which room to spare for a Nintendo DS Lite, a Sony PSP-3000, and an original Japanese Super Famicom controller with a Super SmartJoy USB adaptor (research, I swear). I travel Kefka in a cheap Kensington Reversible Netbook Sleeve in the folder pocket on the back of the Slim Cargo.

When necessary I have access to a 20" aluminum Apple Cinema Display (you can pry matte screens from my cold, dead fingers), a Samson C01U USB Studio Condenser microphone, and an M-Audio Keystation 61es keyboard.

I backup to a Time Capsule and use an old Airport Extreme to keep an older still Wi-Fi-less G5 out of sight and on network. Attached to the G5 are a handful of equally old, external FireWire hard drives.

For the longest time I used Microsoft Explorer mice when tethered (love having copy/paste/back/forward at a flick of the thumb) but recently switched to a Magic Mouse and Apple Wireless Keyboard.

And what software?

The usual suspects: LaunchBar, Photoshop CS3, TextMate, Xcode, Transmit, Safari and 1Password. I keep iSimulate and Screens on each of my devices. On the web I prefer to eat my own dog food hitting Mint, Fever, Shortwave and Lessn at least once a day. Twitter and Dribbble are essential for venting and getting feedback. The Bannister emulators are great for travel or off-hours fun. Audio Overload in particular is essential to my 8-bit music composition workflow.

What would be your dream setup?

I'm quite happy with what I have now relative to what's currently available. Dreams though? How about everything wireless -- including power. Testing on variety of tethered devices is an eyesore and a tangle. I'd love a huge matte display/dock that concealed all of its MacBook Pro connections internally. Oh, and a nice chair. Anything would be better than the hardback dining room table chair I've been using for the past year.