My name's Steve St. Pierre. I'm a graphic designer and art director based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I make a living dolling out logos and other assorted graphic arts to a stable of great clients.
Software / hardware
I owe Adobe my first two children, I think. I mostly work out of Illustrator with a bit of Photoshop and InDesign chucked in when the need arises. Always have a ream of paper beside me, as well. A big stack of white sheets, black pen, ready for whatever needs to get out fast. That's where my projects start. On paper. Then I pound it out on my 27" iMac.
Ideal work environment
I've currently got a small little studio. Just me working away with the odd sandwich break. Music is always playing - lately it's been a lot of Justin Townes Earle and Dawes and cats like that. Keeping it rootsy around the office, you know? But I'm looking to get a shared space with some pals. It'd be nice to have a couple extra sets of eyes on the work and having company around is never a bad thing. Drinking alone is getting old.
The cliched answer is everywhere, but it's true. You need to keep your eyes open. I wish I could say I stay away from the design blogs, but I check 'em every morning and file away ideas and styles and whatnot. I like to look outside the industry, though. You need to. I've got some old encyclopedia's that I cycle through, old books in general. I love old type and how simple everything was. And then if all else fails I just slam my head against the desk until something happens.