Minimal Home Office Workstation: Dark Desk Hides Wires

When space is at a premium, keeping things minimal is always the best option, especially if you tend to clutter up your desk quickly. This workstation has been a work in progress, and it's interesting to see how minimal it looks, even though it's used daily by a photographer.

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WP is a UK-based lifestyle and landscape photographer from Berkshire, who's a self confessed gear obsessed, gadget-loving student as well. He had been working for a while on a laptop, an HP G60, and recently upgraded to a 21.5-inch iMac. He complements the 500GB hard drive of his Mac with a 1 TB external hard drive from LaCie, Edifier 2.1 speakers, an HP Photosmart C4780 printer, and plenty of photography equipment.

Like many photographers, he uses Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Express to edit his photos and videos. The switch from PC to Mac included a Magic Mouse. Editing large images can quickly get tedious on laptops that don't have enough RAM or processing power. This can get even more problematic with large video files.

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His workstation looks mostly wire-free, thanks to the optimal placements of peripherals and the fact that his desk is dark. Lighter desks will highlight wires, and glass desks are notorious for making all wires pop. His darker desk simplifies matters since he can just ferry the cables behind his desk. The wireless setup is completed with Apple wireless keyboard. In combination with the Magic Mouse, his desk is almost 100% wire-free, which is something we like here at Unplggd.

WP uses a standing lamp to light his office, but using some LED Dioder strips from IKEA might be a good solution to provide some ambient lighting while he works away on his photos. Another hardware improvement that he might like in the future is a RAID-enabled external enclosure, to securely back up his photos in case something goes wrong.

[all photos by WP Photography]