A week ago I asked, “Are you as proud of your workspace as you are your work? Is it true that you’re a product of your environment?”
Whether you’re a freelancer, large business, designer, developer or hybrid, you all have something going on behind the curtain.
So, in the spirit of cool set-ups, Interactive Blend gathered a collection of 13 designer’s workspaces. You may know some of these design gurus already, but I’m sure you haven’t had the chance to visit them in their own office.
Hopefully these inspire you in some way. Enjoy.
I’m not going to lie and say it always looks like this, cause it doesn’t. I’m working with CS3, a 20" iMac, a 17” Mac Book Pro, a Time Capsule – 500 GB (best invention ever), JBL speakers and some wireless tools.
I’ve got everything there, my wacom pen (tablet is behind the monitor). The mac is a 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo with 4GB memory. I’ve got a second dell monitor up on its side, so it’s the same height as the mac. On my desk, I have taped a sketch pad, where I can doodle anything I want, my microformats cheat sheet is out, two sets of headphones, rubber gloves and scissors for crafts, and tulips that my friend gave me from her garden. There’s also my graze box for the day, my handpainted hilarious mug, and my homemade and purchased toys along the top of the monitor. I didn’t tidy it up before the picture, as I thought it had more character in its messy state!
On the computer, I’m working in Photoshop, and have twitterific and skype open
MacBook Pro 17″, 2.6G, LED, Leopard w/ 12 Spaces.
I mostly use Office & Adobe suites. I commonly use 3 monitors, have a custom setup which includes 8gigs ram, quad core processor etc.
MacBook Pro 17", Dell 30" Monitor, Sony PD170 Camera, Beringer Mixer, Sony DVD Player, Sony Headphones, Samson Spkr, iPhone and Mighty Mouse.
My set-up has changed since this photo however this is the space I was given. I use a mac at work but I work on PCs at home, haha. I know it’s forbidden but maybe that’s what makes me like it.
Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz, 4GB DDR2 RAM, 1TB Seagate Hard Drive, Radeon X1650, SoundBlaster Audigy with 5.1 Surround Sound, 23" Samsung High-Density LCD, 20,000:1 Contrast Ratio, 300 cd/m2, 2048 x 1152 recommended resolution, 5ms response time.
Short description of hardware: 1 macbook white 2gb ram 1.83ghz dual core, 1 macbook unibody 4gb ram 2ghz core2 duo, 1 asus F3JP 2gb ram 2ghz core2 duo, 1 asus eeepc 901 1gb ram 1.6ghz single core, 1 fujitsu siemens 1.8ghz, 1 toshiba 2gb ram 2ghz and an ipod classic 120gb for music.
As promised, here’s my set-up… nothing fancy. I work on a Macbook Pro 2GHz with 1.5Go of RAM on Dual Screens. I can’t imagine living without my second screen. I use software like Zend Studio, Fireworks, Transmit, CSSEdit, CandyBar (i love candybar) and Textmate for my web development project and TweetDeck, Adium, NetNewsWire and Mail to stay connected.
About my set-up: The PC at the bottom is a Inter Core 2 Duo 2.40Ghz with 4GB ram running both Windows XP and Ubuntu, it holds a ATI Radion HD4870 graphics card. To the left are my super old keyboard + mouse, don’t pay attention to that. On my desk is a Dell Inspiron 640m laptop with a custom made sticker, a Wacom Bamboo drawing tablet, an iPhone, a Nintendo DSi, Mac Mini 1,83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 2 GB of ram (my media center <3), my old iPod Nano, Logitech speakers + subwoofer (next to pc), 2 x 500GB external hardrives and way in the back an USB game controller.
1 Dual Screen XP Pro AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2GHz., 250GB local + 2TB Drobo, Mac Pro 2 Dual Core-Xeon 3GHz 500GB Hard Drive + 1.5TB Drobo
Hardware is a MIKAEL desk and TORBJÖRN chair from IKEA, a drafting table light, an old iMac keyboard (re-keyed for Dvorak) and some generic mouse. I’m a developer so hardware isn’t that important. Oh, aside from the MacBook Pro. Software is Firefox and Safari (and IE, of course, but I don’t want to think about that), TextMate, Visor/Terminal, Photoshop, and as much Python as possible.
What am I working with you ask, a mess I answer as we’re reorganising at the moment. That aside its the usual suspects, G5 24” 250GB 2.16Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo running Leopard – Adobe Creative Suite, Wacom Tablet, A 500GB desktop HD and a portable 160GB. A pen, pencil rubber and layout pad. And a Pantone Mug!
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