296 - Alex Nicolai
Alex Nicolai is an independent software designer for startups that need to go from 0 to V1.0.
He's currently leading the design team for Tomorrow, where they are creating an internet bank powered by bitcoin with thoughtful and human-centered design.
He's also involved on a few agency projects ranging from UI/UX designs to no-code website development. And he's currently learning SwiftUI and AI-assisted design/development.
Twitter → twitter.com/alexnicolai_
Inside Alex's Workspace
- Studio Display
- Mac Studio
- Apple Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse and Magic Touchpad
- AirPods Max
- iPad Pro 11” 2018 with Magic Keyboard Folio
- Amber 15 Minute Hourglass from Ugmonk
- Coaster and mug from Anthropologie
- Field Notes
- Kindle Oasis
- Muji Pens and Sticky Notes
- Replica Candle
What is your favorite item in your workspace?
My beloved mug from Anthropologie was a present from my wife, Bianca (@biancanicolai__). The elegant floral pattern with gold accents is invigorating and continues to be a source of inspiration to me.
How do you spark creativity?
I draw inspiration from a range of creative sources, such as fashion magazines, designers on Twitter, traveling, music and film. I believe it's important to keep your mind open to new ideas, as this can be the spark for creativity. However, my most meaningful and creative source of inspiration comes from conversations. It's through these conversations that I find some of my best ideas.
How do you manage work-life balance?
My to-do list is the foundation of everything I do. I have been using Things 3 by Cultured Code for almost 5 years and it has become invaluable to me; I couldn't imagine my life without it. It helps me find a balance between my work and personal life.
What do you think is the main benefit of remote work?
For almost 10 years, I have been fortunate enough to work remotely, and the biggest benefit has been the ability to create a comfortable space where I can thrive creatively.