Keyboard to Console: Why Every Knowledge Worker Needs a Creative Studio Kit

If you’re a knowledge worker, you’re likely using a wide range of software tools. But what about hardware?

Most of us don’t go much beyond a keyboard, mouse and camera. Yet there’s a world where every knowledge worker has their own unique studio setup.

One taster of this comes from Figma. They’ve just released ‘Creator Micro’ - a hardware companion developed in partnership with Work Louder that helps designers create more efficient workflows.

Four reasons why it’s of note:

1. Configurable

The Micro is ready to go out of the box, but its settings can be remapped to the user’s needs - there are literally hundreds of instant shortcuts you can create

2. Workflow focus

‘Efficiency’ sounds boring, but reducing annoying repetitive tasks frees people up to do more interesting and valuable work

3. Universal

You can set it up to work with other tools, not just Figma (many smart brands 'default to open' like this)

4. Community focused

Part of Figma’s $20bn valuation comes from a highly engaged user community. A bunch of them had already built DIY versions of this tool - pretty handy for product development…

The Creator Micro also feels a lot like the kit used in music production and DJing. Physical gear has been used there for decades in both studio production and live performance. Today's tools are intuitive, fun to use, and highly portable.

Why not apply this approach to other professions?

What would it look like if every knowledge worker - whether you’re a marketer, teacher, or accountant - had your own creative studio kit…?

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