Whit Gurley's Desk
My name is Whit Gurley, I’m a professional designer and art director. My studio is called Angled End Identities, in Portland OR.
What’s the story behind that desk?
I had been wanting to build a proper desk for years, after using a cheap Ikea thing for fifteen years. I’m pretty handy with carpentry, but it took more effort than expected to build it the way I wanted it, and I learned several new building and finishing techniques.
One other facet of the space is that I can control the desk and wall lights from my chair - they all come to a single power strip that drives everything but the computer itself. I’ve never been a fan of bright lighting in the studio, I prefer just enough ambient lighting to avoid the monitors blowing out my vision, and being able to easily switch those backlights on makes that really easy.
Other odds and ends:
- The big board behind me is my inspiration wall, where I pin up various examples of design that I love (including a few of my own).
- There’s a second desk that I use for multiple purposes: cutting, photography, and visiting contractors.
- I built the triangle clock during my freshman year of high school.
- The fan on the second desk is a family heirloom from the 30’s.
Can you tell us something about the items on/around your desk?
Most of that is in the equipment list, but I realized I forgot the newest addition: a pair of killer JBL LSR305 studio monitors.
Is there anything you would like to improve on this setup?
Nope. I love it. :)
Is there something on your desk which helps you stay focused? What is it?
Empty space. Like most people, I’m prone to accumulating clutter if I’m not careful, so I try really hard to get things off of the desk as much as I can.