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David Clarke's Desk

Hi, my name is David Clarke. I’m a Graphic designer, web developer and the founder of Whitby Design Studio.

The desk pictured above is the main work desk at the Whitby Design Studio. The studio is 6 months old and was put together on a tight budget using ikea bekant furniture. The theme was crisp, minimlist and undistracting so that we can easily focus on current projects and creativity.

Can you tell us something about the items on/around your desk?

I try to keep my work area and desk clean and minimal so that I can concentrate on the task at hand. I have two Apple Thunderbolt displays, a Macbook Pro, Apple Wireless keyboard, magic mouse and trackpad on the desk - along with a scanner, mesh in/out tray and small pen pot with Moleskine pens, Wacom stylus and tablet and a 53 “pencil” iPad stylus. I have a separate desk (pictured in image 2 and 4) which I use to meet with clients and also when sketching out ideas or taking notes during a phone call. On this desk I have a Coffee machine, moleskine notebook and a Paypal card reader. This desk is near a window so gets more natural light for hand-drawn work.

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

I’ve been developing this workspace over the last 6 months, so it’s mostly complete. Although I am on the lookout for an under desk hanging drawer or storage space.

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

I find the uncluttered space keeps me focused with less distractions. I also use an App called Tyme to track my projects which is useful both for hourly rate jobs and also keeping track of how much time was spent on past projects - helping quote for future work.

The Studio is based in a business centre aimed at creative and IT businesses, so there are always people popping in and I have healthy working relationships with local printers, photographers and sales people who I work with to cover areas of a project I am less experienced in.

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