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Q&A with David Kadavy

Wrote a book about life hacks and productivity

I'm David Kadavy, and I wrote a book called Design for Hackers, which debuted at #18 on Amazon. I teach developers about design principles.

Hardware

A 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 Macbook Air with 8GB of RAM

A 32GB iPhone 4S

A Kinesis Freestyle 2 20" split keyboard

Software

Lots of Evernote, plus WordPress, MailChimp, SublimeText and some Photoshop and Illustrator.

Dream

A split keyboard is a must. A standing desk with a tall chair for occasional sitting. I'd like to have an Apple Thunderbolt display with the top of the monitor at eye level.

Inspiration

I'm inspired by the architecture in Chicago. There are some buildings that are great examples of how technology can influence form.

I enjoy authoritative writing on almost any subject – authors that really have a strong point-of-view. Marcella Hazan's writing on cooking comes to mind. I also enjoy authors that can open your mind to new ways of thinking, such as Malcom Gladwell, Seth Godin, and Dan Ariely.

I've also been very interested in the brain lately. "Your Brain at Work" by David Rock is a great one on that subject.

I enjoy authoritative writing on almost any subject – authors that really have a strong point-of-view. Marcella Hazan's writing on cooking comes to mind. I also enjoy authors that can open your mind to new ways of thinking, such as Malcom Gladwell, Seth Godin, and Dan Ariely.