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Manuel Moreale

@manuelmoreale

I'm a 27 years old designer and developer, currently living in a tiny and quiet place in Italy’s north east where I spend my time working on far too many side projects.

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Mattia Compagnucci

@MatCompagnucci

Freelance designer and developer living in Berlin. Type lover and Fontlab teacher. Co-founder of Fattelo! and curator of Typeverywhere.

MacBook Pro

$ 1700

This is my primary (and only) work machine. I use it for everything and is way better than my old 17" MacBook Pro. This is a new 13" retina and if you're a developer this is probably the best combination of power and size available. It's just a bit heavier than a 13" Air but way more powerful and with a better display. I also bought a gorgeous sleeve from Hard Graft for when I need to carry the Mac with me.

O'Neill flip flops

$ 20

When it comes to flip flops I go with O'Neill. Last pair I had lasted probably 5 years. Bought these the last summer when I went to Ancona to meet the guy on the other side of this page.

Apple Magic Keyboard

$ 99

I'm working mainly on my laptop and since I start to have a back pain I had to buy a stand and following a keyboard and a mouse.
I've always hated Apple wireless keyboard for the huge waste of batteries so I choose to invest in their new model. I have to say that works perfectly and in more than 6 months of use I had to recharge it only one time. It's light and fits perfectly in my backpack.
You can find it here.

Pen

$ 2

Even though I work in the digital world I love to sketch things on paper. I always have some white paper on my desk next to me and I use this black pen/marker to draw stuff. I like everything about this pen. Has a nice smell, nice width and weight and a nice feel on the tip while I'm using it.

Penny Board

$ 120

I've been always fascinated by skateboards but I never try to play with them. Last month I choose to give me a chance to try and risk an this small peace of coloured plastic. As you can suppose the first days were quite funny (and yes, risky as well) but after I managed to face the dumb situation on the street and keep on practicing. Now I can really enjoy this toy. Take a look here for all the colours.

Nike Elite Versatility Low

$ 14

I really hate to burn through socks at a crazy pace but I walk around in socks almost all day long since I spend most of my time at home. So I decided to give a try to these socks that are way more robust than regular one. Hopefully they'll last more than a few months.

Moon zafu

Since a year start to get into meditation. For a while I gave up but when I decide to get back to mindfulness I was lucky enough to find this Zafu in a shop close to my apartment. Since then my daily meditation is way more comfortable than before and my back is tankful for that.

iPad Air 2

$ 560

The iPad is now my primary reading device. I stopped buying physical books since I got this one and I could be happier with the choice.

Hat

I'm not really a fan of hat but this one caught me by its colour. The best way to survive to my hair when I'm without wax.

Nike Hat

$ 30

After the decision to start shaving my head a few summers back I started wearing a hat. Got this one as a present and is doing is job just fine.

Juggling balls

These are something I'm bringing with me since I was living in Rome. My old good friend Michele taught me how to play with them and since then it help me to relax and focus remembering that with perseverance and practice you can master everything.

Uniqlo Boxer Briefs

$ 5

I guess everyone needs underwear. I have a bunch of these boxers by Uniqlo. Nothing too fancy

Backpack Pinq Ponq

$ 140

This was the first investment when I shifted from 17" to 13" MacBook Pro. It's great for everyday adventures, it has all the pocket you need and it's perfect for carry work stuff and magazines. Another cool feature is that is made out of recycled PET and waterproof. It has become a second skin for me. You can find it on the Pinq Ponq website.

Mala

$ 10

My daily meditation session is roughly 20 minutes long but I really don't like to have a regular timer because I find it distracting. That's why I bought this Mala. I count one bead for every breath and I know that when I'm done counting I have meditated for a bit more than 20 minutes.

Alessi "Out Time" watch

$ 140

I lived without a watch for a long time. One day I stumble upon this watch while I was visiting HOMI Milan and I felt in love, the minimal design and almost nothing more than the needles was fascinating me. It was my self gift for christmas 2014 for wish an amazing 2015. I know I should replace the wristband but I'm kind of lazy for that. You can find it on Alessi's shop.

The North Face Surge

$ 200

My current backpack. Got this one as a present for my bday a couple of years ago and I really like it. It has a couple of nice features including a battery to charge your phone or tablet. I'll probably change it with a North Face Base Camp at some point but for now the Surge is the backpack I carry with me.

Letter opener

This small letter opener is a memory of one of my trip to Amsterdam. I've been attracted by its shape and colour while I was browsing a small design shop. Now stands on my desk enjoying the Berlin "sun".

Nike Dry

$ 50

When the summer comes I switch from my grey sweatpants to these more comfortable shorts. These are great because are incredibly lightweight and since are plain black are casual enough to be worn when I'm out for a meal or a movie. You can still find them on the Nike store

Flip Flops

$ 24

Summer summer summer! Born and grow up on the seaside, this is what I usually wear from May to September (before move to Berlin). This pair last since four years and I'm impressed from Havaianas quality. You can find them on their online shop.

Nike SB Everett Crew

$ 80

Another piece of my uniform. When is not too hot outside I wear a black sweatshirt. I have 3 of these and they have everything I look for in a sweatshirt: are all black, have a pocket and are comfortable.

Sony MDR-XB950BT

$ 130

Music, still music. I bought these headphones because I was pissed off with cables. It took me several trie to chose the right bluetooth headphones and they are the chosen one. Well designed and super comfortable with a great sound. You can find them on Amazon.

Blackfox BF 115

A knife is a handy tool to carry with you when you're out hiking. Got this one as a present for my bday.

NI Maschine Mikro MK2

$ 333

Music take a good part of my life. For a long time I was dedicated to music production with a small home recording studio. Since I moved away from my hometown I sold my Akai MPC2000XL and stop to make music. Two months ago I bought this production system from Native Instruments with the hope to start again. It is everything I was looking for, portable light and fully configurable. You can find it on Thomann, my favourite online shop for music related items.

AKG K545

$ 149

I listen to a lot of music while I'm working and so last year I decided to spend some money on a good pair of headphones. These AKG are really comfortable and sounds great. You can still find them on Amazon

Glasses

I'm almost blind so this is an essential part of my daily outfit. I was used to wear lenses but it seems I abused a bit so I had to take confidence with glasses. At the very beginning was hard but now I feel them as part of me.

Zafu

$ 40

My handmade zafu in combination with the matching zabuton is an indispensable tool for my daily meditation routine. Bought it 2 years ago and used it almost daily ever since.

Shorts

Summer is my favourite season, thats why I'm full of shorts of different colors, their side of the wardrobe looks like a rainbow. I have ten of them but I'm planning to cut down to five.

Nike SB Everett

$ 66

Another piece of my uniform. I always wear gray sweatpants (except when is too hot) mainly because they're comfortable. I currently own 3 pairs of these and I couldn't be happier.

Passport

Travel is important par of my life. I'm travelling for both work and fun and even if I'm usually move inside the EU area I started to prefer this one over the ID card due to the quite weak ID card's paper.
Actually I have only one stamp, but I'm sure I'll fill it up soon.

Bellroy Card Sleeve

$ 55

I rarely bring cash with me and I have just a few cards I need to carry daily so this tiny wallet is a great solution. You can get one from the Bellroy site.

Basketball

In memory of the first playground I had in Berlin. This ball was a present by one of my first flatmate here, he was leaving for Medellín and getting rid of everything.

White T-shirt

$ 10

Part 1 of my daily uniform. I always wear plain white t-shirts. I currently own 5 of these, made by Uniqlo. They're light, completely white and as you can see I don't iron them.

Under Armor Curry 2

$ 130

After four years I start back to play basketball officially and I was in need of new shoes. Despite the ugly camo version, I found in these shoes the best solution. They are super light and wear the feet like gloves. Actually you can find them only at Footlocker.

Withings Pulse Ox

$ 100

I started using the Pulse roughly 6 months ago and I'm really loving it. I carry it with my everywhere, usually in my pocket and to see the number of steps growing during the day is nice feeling. I'm hitting 10k steps on a daily basis now and I feel great. You should consider getting one.

Tooth care kit

I always challenge myself with new habits and in the last months, beside German lessons, use floss every day is my challenge. And it seems I'm sticking well with it.

Pebble

Since I can remember this tiny pebble has been with me, sitting quietly in my room. I really like it and it gives me a strange sense of peace and calm every time I pick it up or look at it.

Pencil

$ 8

Naturally I need something together with the notepad, this is my favourite pencil that leaves its mark on every piece of paper I have around.
You can find it on Amazon.

Nike Free 5.0

$ 60

Every 2 years I buy 2 identical pairs of Nike Free 5.0. They're very comfortable and lightweight and come in an all black version that I personally love. Sadly are no longer available on the Nike Store but you can still find them on Amazon.

Notepad

$ 7

I never leave home without a notepad.
Every time I have an idea, a letterform or whatever I have to sketch it. I have a really volatile memory.
If you like this particular notepad you can find it here.