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Q&A: Could you give us a list of graphic design equipment and supplies that would be the minimum required for starting out?

You'll want a computer that has the most hard drive space and RAM as you can afford; minimum 120GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM. If you will be doing intensive graphics work, you'll need at least double that. A 15" monitor will do, but you will quickly want at least a 17" one.

You will also need:
- blank CDs
- fax machine or fax software; not all of your clients will be high tech and will prefer proofs via fax
- 600dpi laser postscript printer
- medium grade inkjet printer; upgrade to a better one later
- medium grade scanner; upgrade to a better one later
- backup drive
- a portfolio case
- light box; the portable size is fine for starters
- dedicated phone line
- dedicated answering machine or voicemail
- clear ruler
- paper cutter
- a simple calculator
- office supplies

graphics equipment

digital cams
pads / tablets
a/v equipment
Following are links to some of the equipment mentioned above. (Lightbox and portfolio cases are on our art supplies page. More graphic design Q&As are on our "starting out in graphic design" page.)

Manufacturers are constantly introducing new equipment. To make sure that we are listing the latest graphic design equipment available, we list top equipment in categories for you to explore.

desktop computers HP Pavilion Desktop

Compaq Presario

Apple iMac

laptop computers Apple MacBook


HP Pavilion Laptop

digital cameras
Digital Cameras Panasonic Lumix

Sony Cybershot

Canon PowerShot


HP Photosmart

Epson Printers

graphic tablets - graphics tablets - touchpads - touch pads
Wacom Intuos3

Bamboo Fun

Genius Tablets

scanners Canon CanoScan

Epson Perfection

Presentation equipment - imagesourceAV.com

Apple iPods
Apple iPods

Kindle book readers

Cell Phones
cell phones

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