episode 93: Investing in Our Presentation Design Business

  • As our first conversation of the new year, we talk about investing in our design businesses; software, hardware, training, services, and what are important to be in our annual budget.


  • Troy: Presentation Summit, AIGA design conference, Microsoft MVP Summit, LinkedIn Learning, The PowerPoint Blog
  • Sandra: Presentation Summit, Microsoft MVP Summit
  • Nolan: Presentation Summit, Click Conference, Microsoft MVP Summit


  • Troy: Full design studio and home office, each with Ikea Galant desk system and lots of overhead lighting, Herman Miller Aeron chairs.
  • Sandra: Home Office (that belongs in a magazine!) with lots of hand picked art.
  • Nolan: Home office that is full third story and a custom 10′ long live edge wood desk and a Human Scale chair.

Design Subscriptions

  • Troy: Microsoft Office 365 (Business Premium), Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Stock, Audio Blocks, Video Blocks, Noun Project, Wipster, DropBox, Box, Hightail.
  • Sandra: Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, Shutterstock, DropBox, Geek Squad (IT Support)
  • Nolan: Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, Noun Project, iStock.

Design Computers

  • Troy: Lenovo X1 Extreme Gen. 2.
  • Sandra: Microsoft Studio.
  • Nolan: 27″ iMac.

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