LuCiana Ja’Vonne’s iOS setup

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is luciana ja’vonne, and I’m a painter.

What iPhone do you have?

LuCiana's iPhone
Editor’s note: You can find LuCiana’s wallpaper here.

I currently have an 8 GB White iPhone 5c.

What apps do you use the most, and why?

Reminders: This is where I keep all my to-do items. I like it because it’s simple and I have a little system that works for me. All my reminders pop up at 7am on or before their respective due date and I check them off as the day goes along. If something doesn’t have a due date, it goes on the Inbox list (taken from GTD), and it stays there until I give it one.

Dispatch: I just purchased this (partially because of The Sweet Setup review) and I’m already a fan. It’s the only mail app that I’ve tried that has almost everything I want (my only quibble would be that Dropbox attachments show up as links).

Twitter: I use the official Twitter app — it’s all I really need. (I still tweet by text sometimes).

VSCO Cam: This is my go-to photo editing app. I enjoy everything about it. I generally take photos any time something strikes my fancy. I’m really partial to unkempt industrial spaces, abandoned areas, and everyday things. My editing process is kind of haphazard, and usually I try to keep it down to a minimum. I like the immediate (and sometimes off-kilter) feel of the original photo. I have almost every filter, so I just scroll through until something pops out at me. But, I really enjoy the Legacy Collection and the Minimalist Collection. After I choose a filter, I usually bump the contrast up a bit (if I’m going for a bit of a pop), and then I’m done. I share to Twitter, Tumblr, my Grid, and/or include them in a journal like this one.

VSCO Cam image

Which app could you not live without?

I’m going to go with Dispatch because email is usually how the important stuff gets communicated for me. It supports aliases, it lets me send email to the place it needs to go, and it lets me easily quote an email in my reply (which is perfect for the way my brain works).


Which iPad do you have?

LuCiana's iPad

I currently use a 32 GB iPad 3.

How are you using your iPad on a daily basis?

I do everything on my iPad, but its main purpose is drawing. If I’m surfing the web or catching up on articles, this is usually done on my iPad as well.

What apps do you use the most, and why?

Right now, it would be Pixelmator. I just got it, so I’m giving it a spin. Before Pixelmator, it was Procreate.

I’ve been sticking with Pixelmator as of late. Generally, I just use the painting option when it comes to Pixelmator, I don’t use many of the photo editing options right now. I pretty much use every single painting tool that’s available on Pixelmator, but my favorites are the Filbert Brush, the Medium Pencil, and the Japanese Brush (even though I don’t use it that often). These I generally share to my email list along with my new paintings.

Pixelmator painting sketch

I’ve used Procreate pretty much the same way, but I also used the video export option to create digital sketchbooks, like this one.

Pocket is my favorite read later app. Everything I read generally goes through here first.

Which app could you not live without?

Right now, I want to say Pixelmator (I really enjoy it), but it would probably be a toss up between Procreate and Pixelmator.


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