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Ask DN: Is Sketch giving you carpal tunnel issues?

almost 5 years ago from , Designer

I spend my days in Sketch and love it.

Most days, I'm executing short cut commands with my left hand and nudging and selecting elements with my right hand.

My workstation setup is dual monitor (iMac5K and Thunderbolt), Apple bluetooth keyboard, Magic Mouse on my right, Magic Trackpad on my left.

The ergonomics of this setup and my desk is - ok. The ergonomics of Apple's mice and keyboards, mehhh.

Thirty plus hours a week spent contorting my left hand to zap out strings of shortcuts after shortcuts is beginning to take a toll. Especially due to the position of the command key.

I try to maintain correct ergonomic position. Body posture, and hand positioning. However, the contortions of day to day Sketch use are beginning to wear down on my left hand specifically, and I'm afraid it may be showing the signs of carpal tunnel settling in.

I feel like the standard mouse/ trackpad and keyboard setup fails to address the nature of how we design with a tool like Sketch.

I've had some friends recommend an external gamepad for setting up shortcut commands. I haven't tried that yet.

Two questions for the community.

  1. Is your daily use of Sketch giving you carpal tunnel issues?

  2. Is there a setup for Sketch I am unaware of to address it?

Thank you!

1 comment

  • Taulant SulkoTaulant Sulko, almost 5 years ago

    I used to get lot of wrist pain from working with a magic mouse. I tried a couple of different alternatives and a vertical mouse did the trick for me. The wrist pain is almost gone completely. I only get pain if I work more than 10hours/day.

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