Among the many projects we’re working on, is creating a standing desk – or perhaps better put – a standing area for our the 13-foot desktop we’re creating, so we can sit AND stand during many ours of blogging. We’ve seen many iterations on the internet, not to mention research as to why standing while you work is beneficial. Wirecutter’s recent article rounds up much of it, and shows the lengths, and cost, the standing desk obsession can take you to.
From our recent renovation we’ve discovered that in designing anything, it’s good to keep in mind the simplest, most bare-bones iteration; the absolute bottom-line of usability balances our tendency to get so elaborate we don’t get the thing up-and-running. So we love this photo of Ernest Hemingway at his makeshift standing desk: a typewriter stacked on a box on a bookcase. It got the job done, bigtime, and reminds us to faites simple.
(It also brought back memories of reading Hemingway’s beauty of a memoir A Moveable Feast, in which he totally nails Paris:
Then there was the bad weather. It would come in one day when the fall was over. You would have to shut the windows in the night against the rain and the cold wind would strip the leaves from the trees in the Place Contrescarpe….)