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Q&A with Dan Mall

Award-winning designer from Philadelphia | Design director of SuperFriendly

I'm Dan Mall, founder & design director of Philly-based design studio, SuperFriendly. I co-founded Typedia and the Businessology Show.


I primarily work on a 27" 2011 iMac with a 21" Dell second monitor. I use the Wacom Intuos 4 Large tablet with my right hand and a Magic Trackpad with my left hand. I use a Rode Podcaster to make sound and Harman Kardon SoundSticks to hear it.

My away-from-my-desk setup is a 2012 15" MacBook Pro Retina with some Lazerwood Walnut Keys and a Karma hotspot to conquer shoddy internet.


There are a handful of apps I launch every time I turn my computer on:

  • for email
  • Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and Keynote for designing
  • Google Chrome for browsing
  • Messages for chatting with friends
  • Skype for talking to friends
  • TeuxDeux (by swiss designer Tina Roth-Eisenberg - WSP) to know what to do
  • Twitter for spying on friends
  • Notational Velocity for ideas

There are also apps that I have automatically startup with my computer:

  • Dropbox for my files
  • F.lux for my eyes
  • Alfred for easy access to everything
  • Droplr for quick image sharing
  • Divvy for window management
  • Backblaze for file backup
  • Editorially (through Fluid) for writing

Dream setup

I just had my office built from scratch, so I have most of my dream setup already. If I were to add one thing, I'd probably want to try out a Cintiq 22" HD Touch.


When I need inspiration, I just take a walk upstairs to see my wife and my daughters. Instant recharge.