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Dan Counsell's Desk

Who are you and what do you do for a living?

My name is Dan Counsell. I’m a Designer and the Founder of Realmac Software, we make RapidWeaver, Clear, Ember, and Typed.

Can you tell me something about your desk setup?

I have two desks, one at Realmac HQ and one at home. The one featured here is my home setup and probably my favourite place to focus and get stuff done. It’s a floating desk, custom made and fitted into an alcove at the top of my house.

Is there anything you would like to improve on this setup?

I don’t think so, I’m pretty happy with it to be honest. Although an external retina Apple display would be pretty sweet. Maybe this year or next they’ll finally get around to releasing one.

Do you switch workspaces during your day? If yes, what’s the reason behind it?

Not so much during the day but throughout the week I do, I switch between home and Realmac HQ. I find it nice to mix things up a little.

Do you have a favourite item on your desk?

I have a bunch of photos of my wife and kids, they are not featured in the images but those would have to be my favourite items. Oh, and my Yum Yum London figures are pretty neat too.

What are you doing to stay focused?

In general I’m trying to say no to new projects and just work on what we have at Realmac. On a smaller macro level I often use the ambient background music in Typed to help me focus. I often let it just play when I’m not in Typed and working on other stuff.

Is there something on your desk which helps you stay focused? What is it?

Not really. I Just like somewhere that’s silent or has the right amount of ambient music or noise going on in the background.

What was your latest self improvement experiment?

Closing my Facebook account and removing all distractions from my phone, I wrote an article about it a while back: Removing Distractions. I’ve also recently started learning to meditate, even though it’s early days I already find it helpful.

Where do you see yourself and your desk in the next 5 years?

Pretty much the same, I’m very happy with my general setup. Although I would like to try out the standing desk thing at some point in the future.

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