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Q&A with Glenn Garriock

Independent graphic designer from Scotland | Editor of FormFiftyFive

I'm Glenn Garriock, an independent graphic designer from Scotland currently living and working in the lovely little village of Uetze in Northern Germany.

I'm also co-founder and editor of the FormFiftyFive design blog.

Software / hardware

I do all my work on a 15" Retina MacBook Pro (with no additional displays). ??

I always have Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop (both on the creative cloud licence), Skype, iChat, iCal, Google Chrome (for browsing and email), Twitter App, Spotify running in the background.

I also rely on the context app by LiveSurface for design mock-ups, Skala preview for mobile screen design, Clean My Mac to keep my 250GB SSD clutter free and I couldn't live without Dropbox.

Everything is backed up in 3 locations: automatic backup on an Apple Time Capsule, manual weekly backup on a external hard drive and remotely via Backblaze.

Ideal work environment

?I always joke that I could do my work almost anywhere these says! I like a workplace that offers space to move around, I tend to walk about a lot when I'm on the phone. I mainly work from my home office where I switch between a standing desk and sitting desk every couple of hours. I try to force myself to get out of the house as much as I can, be it to a lunch meeting with a local client or spending a day in a co-working space.

Work inspiration

?Everything I see, hear, feel, the people I meet, the food I eat, the music I listen to, it all influences the decisions I make. There is not a singular source. Something that I see on FormFiftyFive can influence me as much as the colour of a leaf on a walk through the park or a conversation over some beers with my friends.

Artists you admire most

?There are too many to mention, that's one of the main reasons I still run FFF with Jack Daly and Alex Nelson and a lot of  help from almost 30 contributors. There is just an abundance of talent out there. My envy towards their outstanding work is what drives to improve myself every single day!