Setting up a new mac for interaction design

Check out my uses page for an up-to-date list of hardware and software that I use for interaction design.

A round up of things that I'll install first on a new Macbook. I use all of these tools regularly when designing, or require them to get setup. I've written about some of them in more detail in this other post: my interaction design tools.


  • 1Password
  • Chrome
  • Figma
  • Firefox
  • GitHub Desktop
  • iA Writer
  • ImageOptim
  • Slack
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Xcode

Menu bar apps

  • Contrast – Colour Accessibility
  • Divvy – Window Manager

Chrome plugins

  • 45to75
  • Axe Accessibility
  • Toggle Javascript
  • Validity
  • WAVE Evaluation Tool
  • Web Developer Toolbar
  • WhatFont


  • GOV.UK Prototype Kit
  • Homebrew
  • Node.js