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Tim Preut's Design Toolkit

Megan Hill
A logo designed by Tim Preut, Tickyboom design.

Visualist speaks with top designers and creative directors to find out what essential tools they keep in their daily design toolkit.

Tom preut headshot against a muted rainbow light background
Tim Preut—designer

Name: Tim Preut

Profession: Owner and designer

Location: Martinez, CA, USA

Tim Preut is a designer, and co-creator of Tickyboom Design—the home of "hella bomb brand identity and web design." We asked Tim to share the tricks and tools he keeps in his daily design toolkit...


A page taken from Tim Preut's notebook.

I use square gridline paper. I love the constrictions and guides—both for rules to follow and to break.


Tim Preut's current favourite colour palette.


The '50s-70s.

Designer on speed dial:

Milton Glaser


"firm favourite" written in helvetica

Helvetica Now.

"a distant love" written in whyte

Whyte from Dinamo.

"never again" written in a dsylexia specific typeface

Any dyslexia-specific fonts. They are worthless. Use a solid typeface that is easy to read, pare down your content, and make things easy to digest.

Organisational method:

Digital tools. Trello, Todoist, and Craft.

Trusted advisor:

Someone who is open-minded, but also clearly articulates what they want. Also, someone who has a strategy in mind and identifies whether my design is accomplishing those goals or not.

Check out Tim's work on Tickyboom's website or Instagram. You can also connect with Tim on LinkedIn.