278 - Jose Munoz
Jose Munoz is a product designer living and working remotely in Puerto Rico.
During his downtime, he likes to tinker with his personal website, obsess about setups & tech, build Legos, and binge-watch TV with his wife.
Inside Jose's Workspace
Desk & Office Items:
- Monitor: Apple Studio Display with tilt-and-height adjustable stand
- Desk: Ikea Kitchen Tabletop with Standing Desk Motor
- Chair: Herman Miller Aeron
- Laptop: Apple 14" MacBook Pro (base model) with Satechi Stand
- Mouse: Magic Mouse with Magic Grip and Carpio for ergonomics
- Keyboard 1: Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID
- Keyboard 2: KDB 75% Keyboard with Custom Keycaps
- Zoom Controls: Stream Deck
- Microphone: Blue Yeti Nano with Elgato Wave Mic Arm
- Headphones: Airpods Max with Benks Stand
- Speakers: Homepod Mini
- Wifi (under desk): Eeero 6+ Mesh Router
- Thunderbolt 3 Dock (under desk): CalDigit TS3 Plus
- Reading Chair: Ikea VEDBO
- Office displays: Ikea SKADIS, Ikea EKET, Ikea MOSSLANDA & tons of Legos
Most used apps and tools:
- Safari (main browser)
- Arc (browser for Webflow)
- Webflow (no-code dev tool)
- Figma (design)
- Things 3 (to-dos)
- Notion (project management, finances)
- Notes (notes)
- Craft & Obsidian (writing, markdown)
- Apple Calendar (personal calendar)
- Slack (work communication)
- Zoom (video calls)
- Apple Music (music)
- Timery (time tracking)
- Reeder 5 (rss)
Check out his /uses page for more details on his setup.
What is your favorite item in your workspace?
Honestly, I'm loving the Apple Studio Display. I've been rocking the old Thunderbolt display for like 10 years, but this upgrade was worth the wait. The display is so freaking beautiful, and the speakers are unexpectedly impressive. The webcam isn't the best, but it'll do for Zoom calls. Pro tip: definitely get the tilt-and-height adjustable stand, or you might feel like you're hunching over your screen all day.
How do you spark creativity?
Every morning, I kickstart my day by catching up with my RSS feed on my trusty iPad mini, accompanied by a nice cup of coffee. I'm an avid follower of several personal blogs that motivate me to create and come up with new projects.
How do you keep the work-life balance?
It's tough to strike a balance between work and life when you work from home all day. However, I have discovered useful tools to manage this. Firstly, Apple's focus mode lets me switch between Personal and Work modes, so I get the right apps and notifications. I also use Timery to track my hours, so I don't burn out. Lastly, I try to limit my work to my desk/office, so I can set boundaries and know that once I step away, I'm done.