What does your desktop look like?

Panda's picture

Hey! How are you, type people? Before I start working on my Flying Ape Project, I decided to show you how my desktop looks like right now.

This is just for fun... Take a shot of your screen right now and post it here to show how productive you are while working.

Igor Freiberger's picture


As you may see, I'm using ATM 4.1 in Vista 64-bit.

Panda's picture

What a lovely "Wish you were here" picture on the wall and what a wierd keyboard... :P

Panda's picture

BTW, why do you have a sewing machine next to the computer?

Theunis de Jong's picture

Bottom keyboard is the latest Mac one (only 2mm thick! -- and thank Ye Gods, also available with a num pad!), the top one appears to be a laptop.
But I'm curious about the sewing machine as well -- is it to check how that font looks in embroidery?

dezcom's picture

That is WAY to neat, Jos! I'll bet you spent 2 days cleaning it up just to take that photo! :-)

Mark Simonson's picture

I tried that new wireless Apple mouse. I like the fact that it has two-directional scrolling without any moving parts, but it made my hand hurt after using it for a day, so I had to stop. I think the shape is wrong for my hand or something.

I went back to the wired one with the scroll ball. The only down side to it is the ball stops working if you get it greasy (never eat potato chips while using), but a little alcohol on a tissue and it's as good as new.

Jennifer E. Dahl's picture

I "heart" my scroll ball mouse. I wish someone made a pretty one. My grey and red number just doesn't cut it! :(

Jos--Did you make your monitor "lifts"? Is that wood I see. Nice!

Ray Larabie's picture

I change the color scheme every couple of months. I haven't used B&W FontLab since 2008.


The wallpaper is promo art for Milibus. A rare thing as I almost always use a solid background.

Jos Buivenga's picture

I'll bet you spent 2 days cleaning it up just to take that photo!

You could be so right, but it happens that my desk is the only place I keep tidy :)

I tried that new wireless Apple mouse [...] but it made my hand hurt after using it for a day

That happened to me too. When it does I swap mice and I'm getting more and more used to it. The scrollling behaves awkward sometime. It would be great if for some programs you could set a smaller scrolling area or so.

Did you make your monitor "lifts"? Is that wood I see. Nice!

My son made them for me. They are just high enough to put the top of the displays at eye height. You can see it better here.

nina's picture

LOL Chris, that's the same thing I said to Jos when he posted his desk to Flickr. :-)

BTW, I have that new mouse, and it puzzles me how it can make your hand hurt? I've found that I don't keep my entire hand on it all the time (also because if you inadvertently touch it, you go scrollin'around) and handle it very gently and lightly, which is a good thing in my case because I used to tense up my mouse hand too much. Took me a few days to readjust though.

Panda's picture

Hey, Jos, I loved the flickr picture of your desk. I truly admire Hokusai's work.
Your desk is made out of pine tree, right?

Jackson, please! I need to know why do you hace a sewing machine next to your computer! LOL!

dezcom's picture

"Jackson, please! I need to know why do you hace a sewing machine next to your computer! LOL!"

My guess is that Jackson is married and his wife uses that room, too, but she does not sew very much.

Mark Simonson's picture

it puzzles me how it can make your hand hurt

It seems to be because I keep wanting to hold my middle finger slightly above the surface instead of touching it, which causes a strain over time. I think the reason I do it is that I'm afraid I might accidentally right-click or something, even though I know that won't happen. I'm giving it another go, being careful to keep that finger relaxed and resting on the surface. So far so good.

I have a similar problem using a Wacom tablet. The stylus makes parts of my hand go numb after an hour or so. It doesn't happen when I use a pen or pencil, so I'm not sure why it happens.

Here's what my desktop looks like today:

My desktop background (wallpaper to Windows users) is a blurry accidental photo of the floor in the Plantin-Moretus Museum.

Jan Zurawski's picture


This nice car can be found here NSX

xo's picture

@dezcom

Still using OS 10.4?

dezcom's picture

XO: Yes I am. I still have a PPC chip in one of the original G5 desktops. The issues I had with 10.5 were only fixed in Snow Leopard, which does not run on my old machine, so I stay with 10.4 until I can afford a new computer.

Ray Larabie's picture

I eventually gave up on all mice as they all eventually ended up hurting my hands. Using a pen was even worse. I got into trackballs a few years ago. I tried Kensington, all the Logitech models. For a couple of years I used the low end Logitech with no scroll wheel. The Logicool cordless is a bad design, I tried for a few weeks but I could only use it for about 8 hours in a row. It's a poor design because you have to take the weight off your hand when dragging: sore shoulders. Also, the ball doesn't coast properly. For 50 cents I picked up a used Trackman Wheel. The ball's coasting is the best I've tried. Using a thumb gives you about the same control as fingers and a proper scroll wheel. I don't have to move my arm at all and the flick & coast action means, I can go all the way across. When I need to cross the screen from right to left, I can drop my thumb on the ball and spin it, then stop,catch when it's in the right spot. Try it but save money and skip the Logicool cordless.

xo's picture

@dezcom

That's okay, Apple's interface ingenuity peaked in 10.3 anyway. As always, we can blame Apple.

Quincunx's picture

Jos won.

Solt's picture

this is my/our super economical workspace. i do my stuff on top, my son plays under the desk.

Jos Buivenga's picture

I truly admire Hokusai's work.

Me too :)

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Your desk is made out of pine tree, right?

Yes. (Had to look that up (it's called "grenen" here in Holland)).

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Jos won.

Did you take into account that my studio is only 4 square meters?

riccard0's picture

@Solt: do you work standing, just like Goethe did?

Solt's picture

sometimes i sit on a barstool, but most of the time i work standing. it took me some time to get used to this, but i haven’t seen the chiropractor since i raised my desktop :-)

Jackson's picture


What a lovely "Wish you were here" picture on the wall and what a wierd keyboard... :P

BTW, why do you have a sewing machine next to the computer?

The "WISH YOU WERE HERE" is an Experimental Jetset postcard from the Pioneers of Change exhibition over the summer.

Chris was close about the sewing machine, except we're not married. It's nice to have something other than computer crap on the desk.

Here's a screen shot of my desktop today... reviewing test prints and watching olympics.

Spire's picture

Mark Simonson wrote:

My desktop background (wallpaper to Windows users) is a blurry accidental photo of the floor in the Plantin-Moretus Museum.

FWIW, it hasn't been called a wallpaper in Windows for many years. It's just desktop background now.

William Berkson's picture

For a long time I've used a Logitech Marble trackball. My shoulder hurt with a regular mouse, but the trackball cured it. I find it much easier to control the screen precisely also. The Trackman wheel seems to be only righty and I'm a lefty.

ill sans's picture

Just a pic of my actual desktop since I wasn't doing anything else when I read this thread ;-)

Bendy's picture

Whoah, did you make that cartoon background? I love the way the colours are arranged.

xo's picture

@ill sans

It hurts my eyes (seeing someone use Internet Explorer). ;~;

ill sans's picture

@ Bendy: yes, it's a collage from things I like. I used a spectrum background as a guideline though ;-)
@ xo: the idea behind the desktop is to take your eyes off everything I want to hide (mostly a messy desktop which doesn't show now anymore)

dave bailey's picture

Nothing being done at the moment...

bigbill's picture

now work, no fun desktop, so I slid in some widgets :)

Diederik Corvers's picture

My background changes color every five minutes, the image is an overview of my typefaces on a plain colorfield

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