From The Desk Of is a new regular feature on Drewtensils where we take a closer look at what people use to get their work done. We'll talk to developers, designers, writers, and many others that would like to share how great tools help them create.
To start off the series, we'll talk to Drewtensils creator, Andy Hendriksen.
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Andy Hendriksen, and I'm a radio broadcast engineer. Outside of my day job, I'm a writer, photographer, and creator of Drewtensils. I grew up in a small town in Northern California, studied audio engineering in college, and now reside in Los Angeles.
What kind of desk do you use, and why?
My desk is actually not a desk at all. It's an IKEA bar table. I wanted to put together a standing desk, and this was an inexpensive way to do it. It's the right height for my relatively short stature, and it's incredibly sturdy.
I've had it for almost 5 years now, and despite drooling over adjustable standing desks for years now, I can't get myself to move on from this thing. It still works perfectly for my needs, and fits my 27" iMac perfectly.
How does your work affect the layout and tools you use?
Most of the work that I do from home is writing and photo editing. The Matias Tactile Pro was an obvious choice to make typing more pleasant, and the 27" Retina iMac is a no-brainer for anyone spending a lot of time working with photographs. It's a stunning computer and a joy to use.
Aside from that, I tend to keep necessary things within easy reach but not much else. I despise clutter, so I'll do what I can to keep my desk as empty as possible.
What are your favorite tools on your desk, and what makes you most productive?
The 27" Retina iMac is unsurprisingly at the top of my list — I've had it on my desk for several months and the clarity of the screen still blows me away. If you aren't in the market for one, then don't go look at them at the Apple Store, because you will want to leave with one no matter what.
My speakers, the Genelec 8020B studio monitors, are also a favorite of mine. I've owned them for several years, and while they may be overkill for the kind of work I do these days, I am an audio engineer at heart and absolutely love them. They're flat, honest, and very revealing.
As far as productivity goes, I'll say that switching to a standing desk made a difference when it came to actually getting my juices flowing. Being able to move freely, or take a quick walk around when I'm trying to work something out in my head seems to really help me process information and get through creative roadblocks.
Do you have anything on your workspace wish-list?
Yes and no. I'm a firm believer in quickly correcting problems that are easily within your control so your time and attention can be better spent elsewhere. My desk in its current form has worked really well for me for the last couple of years, and I don't ever feel like there's anything that needs to be changed.
That being said, I do still pine for an adjustable standing desk. I assume that one day this IKEA desk will give way, and I'll be forced to upgrade to something modern and more functional. Until then, I'm pretty happy with things now.
On my workspace
- Apple Retina iMac 27"
- Matias Tactile Pro 4 Keyboard
- David Kind Eyeglasses
- Genelec 8020B Studio Monitors
- Apple iPad Air 2
- Retro51 Hex-O-Matic Mechanical Pencil
- Moleskine Classic Notebook, Large, Squared
- TC Electronic Level Pilot
- Yashica Electro 35 GSN Rangefinder Camera
- Various Field Notes Books
- Hugh MacLeod Steve Jobs Print
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