No surprise, the desks of designers and artists are oftentimes the most inspiring of workspaces. But we've surprisingly also discovered some of the most interesting ones we've observed happen to be developers' desks. Flash developer Erich Binder's work area is a triple monitor command center with a structure that allows for easy set-up in connecting and disconnecting his monitors to his MacBook Pro where all his coding takes place.
- MacBook Pro 2.3 GHZ Intel Core 17
- USB 2.0 External DVI Video card
- Bose Noise Cancelling headphones
- Logitech mouse + charging dock
- Android HTC Incredible
- NOOK Color
Erich's command center starts with his MacBook Pro and an extra keyboard for ergonomic support. His laptop gets to sit in the middle of the desk and connects to a Mac monitor to the left and a PC monitor to the right. The left monitor is used for debugging and testing, the middle laptop for coding, and the right PC monitor for viewing documentation. He then has a third Mac for cross OS and cross browser testing.
His desktop has a mix of Mac and Android gadgets. As a developer he needs both for testing, but as a Flash developer Android is definitely Erich's preference. His favorite Android gadget is currently an HTC Incredible since he can publish apps easily for concept testing. The rest of his tech accessories include Bose Noise Cancelling headphones, a Logitech mouse and charging dock that has an awesome scroll wheel for going through large classes of code and a NOOK Color that is Android compatible and holds all his programming books.
The most important factor of Erich's desk is to make his three-monitor command center easy to connect and disconnect. An external DVI Video card, a mini display port to DVI, and a USB to DVI keeps all the screens connected. The cords are visible and front-and-center, but neat at the same time. At the end of the day, he can unplug each cord easily, ready to go.