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At the old Verge offices, not all of us had desks— or chairs for that matter. I’m happy to report that in our new office, not only do we all have our own desks, the product team even has our own room!
On my desk, I have a monitor propped up by an empty hard drive box. Please excuse the tape, it didn’t quite make it back from CES in the best shape. I think it adds character.
Resting on my monitor is a Pokemon toy I got from McDonalds. Oshawatt the otter Pokemon is always smiling and it makes me happy. I know that a lot of the DC bros have bobbleheads. I have my little wobbly Oshawatt.
For my computer, I use a 13-inch MacBook Air propped up on a Rain Design Stand. I choose this computer because I’m more comfortable with the Mac operating system. I love the portability of the Air, and how fast the SSD is. It’s a great on-the-go machine. Not shown: a Lenovo Yoga 13-inch running Windows 8 for quality assurance work on The Verge.
My headphones are by V-Moda. I’ve been exclusively using V-Moda since 2007. I love all the different models of headphones they make. The one shown on my desk is the V-Moda M100s. I also have a pair of M80s with custom plates.
I charge all of my devices at work—including my special Pikachu edition Nintendo 3DS XL.
My iPhone 5 was stolen 3 days ago, so now I’m getting by with a loaner phone. Because of my line of work, I also have a Samsung SIII, a Blackberry Z10, a Nokia Lumia 920, and a Droid Razr M.
Being a journalism nerd, I’m really into my pens and notebooks. I have an Action Book that I use to manually track our editorial features and long term projects. I have a to-do style notebook from Muji that helps me with my day-to-day task tracking. I also have 2 Rhodia notebooks that I use to take meeting notes. I also use a Post-it system to enhance my Action Book. I love orange post-its and the special Shiba-Inu stickies from Muji. I love pens made by Sharpie. The ones with the silver caps are my favorite pens.
Also on my desk, I have a giant bottle of seltzer. At the new office, we treated ourselves to a seltzer machine because it was going to be a lot cheaper than the amount of canned seltzers we drank per month.
Because we just moved in, there is still a lot of potential for decorating my desk. My desk neighbor Scott Kellum and I are looking into purchasing a cat-a-day calendar to share. I’d love to get some posters or comic panels to tape up at my desk but I haven’t found anything amazing yet.
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My desk. One of the many things that Vox does really well is distributed development and I consider myself lucky to be able to work from home. Sure, it’s sometimes aggravating to hear my two year old being cute and not being able to drop everything and join in the fun, but the fact that I don’t have to fight Austin traffic and can take the occasional meeting on my back porch is an unexpected benefit. My wife and I set up a little office in our spare bedroom, and so far it’s been a great experience. Plus my dog gets to go to work with me.
The desk itself it pretty sparse - it’s a repurposed dining room table. I’m a bit of a law and order kinda guy, so like to keep things pretty uncluttered. I get the occasional apple core from lunch, or the odd pile of mail, but this is a pretty normal state of affairs.
The wooden spoon is my thermostat. The A/C is the strongest in this corner of the house, and occasionally I have to stand up and close the vent on the ceiling so that my hands don’t seize up. About the only thing that is a new addition is the fly tying vice. I just started getting into fly fishing about a year ago and have started playing around with the idea of tying my own.
One of the more useful techniques I’ve found to keep myself focused during long retrospective and planning meetings on goto meeting or google hangout is to put a guitar in my hands. A little distraction goes a long way, and since rdio isn’t much of an option, running scales up and down often does the trick. Using both hands has the bonus of keeping them off of keyboard in an attempt to find the perfect animated gif to suit the occasion. The only real problem with this is that I sometimes forget to mute the mic, leading to interesting background noise, for which I am duly ridiculed.
One of the more disappointing things about working from home is my inability to take part in Vox Brewing’s Friday keg tappings (Clif makes an excellent hefeweizen, btw.) Luckily my office come equipped with a bar, though it remains closed during normal business hours.
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So you wanna know what’s on my desk, huh? Well, it’s all very interesting, see. I have bobbleheads, some other bobbleheads, and a bobblehead. I guess there’s some productivity-type stuff on there too, but it’s mostly bobbleheads.
I’ve actually grown quite comfortable in my little corner of Vox Media’s HQ, and I consider “my desk” to actually be more of an area. Most of “my area” is dedicated to my sporting passions: the Philadelphia Phillies and the Georgetown Hoyas. Obviously, most of the aforementioned bobbleheads are Phillies bobbleheads, but there are also pennants, posters, photos, and even a wall calendar. I’ve even got a few soccer scarves hanging on the walls too and my Allen Iverson (favorite athlete ever) jersey over my chair. I’ve never been one to hide my sporting allegiances, and my desk is no exception.
As for what is actually on my desk; I use a MacBook Pro, set up on a Rain Design stand, along with a Dell monitor. I usually do most of my work on the big monitor and save the laptop screen for chat windows and streaming sports. I use a Magic Mouse and an Apple keyboard, and I love both. For headphones, I stick with simple Urbanears over-ear-phones - they’re nothing special, but are great for switching between music and Google Hangouts, Skype, or GoTo Meeting (which we use for remote collaboration).
I also generally keep my iPad (I’m a first generation OG) on my desk, propped up on a Logitech stand and bluetooth keyboard. I mostly use the iPad for notes (hence the keyboard) or watching something in the background (Netflix, WatchESPN, so much MLB.tv, etc.).
I’ve always have a snack (carrots, almonds and M&M’s are my go-tos) and a drink (water and coffee almost exclusively) on my desk. I also keep some post-its, a small notebook, and some pens ready if I need to jot something down.
I’ve also have a second desk to the side that houses one of our testing computers and pretty much everything else I can’t fit on my primary desk: keys and wallet, a larger notepad, empty coffee mugs, and just about anything else that doesn’t have a home.
All-in-all, I’ve got my desk set up to be a very comfortable place for me to work. I spend some long days here, but it never really feels that way.
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What’s on my desk? A bunch of junk. I’m a pack rat, and this is my desk on a good day. It’s usually overflowing with food packages, sketches, and to-do lists. As a graphic designer, it’s almost mandatory to have creative stimuli surround me; I feel I work better in a messy creative environment.
I have plenty of toys to play with (when I’m not working… err, sometimes). The pocket-sized Nerf gun, in particular, is important ‘cause a man needs protection in the designer-hood. I also usually have magazines or art books chilling around somewhere. Aside from the entertainment, I have the necessities: ketchup, whiskey, and chopsticks. Can’t forget a vinyl piece from my favorite artist, Jeremy Fish - check his art out it’s so sweet (shout out to designer Uy Tieu for hooking me up with it).
I ALWAYS have food on my desk. When you weigh as much as a broomstick, it helps to keep my wee-baby-body nourished. On this particular day, I am crushing an empanada from Julia’s Empanadas, located right down the street.
What am I without technology? Mac Book 15” with SSD, Audio Technica headphones, my iPhone, and a new iPad I just got for my birthday. The paper app is so rad! Always be sketching. But, of course, I can’t ever leave home without a real note pad and pen.
If I had to define my desk… I’m thinking it would be a pig-pen mixed with a toy factory. Well, thats my desk. Blam!
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