Engineers' desks can alternate between spartan and fodder for a hazmat team. What's yours look like?
Engineering desks can be an art form all their own. Consider these shots from late analog design legends Bob Pease and Jim Williams.
Jim Williams' bench:
It's clear in the cases of Pease and Williams that cluttered, "messy" spaces may actually spawn genius, to paraphrase the famous quotation.
Are you a genius? Send me photos of your "work space" (the soulless phrase for where you invent), whether it's in the office or your garage. We'd love to see the environment in which you create cool stuff!
By the way, here's a shot of mine, which today doesn't resemble the homeless encampment it usually does. Clearly, nothing in this shot shouts "genius," alas.
Long story but bear with me: I was interviewing for a job 20 years ago (pre-EET). We're sitting in the publisher's office and he spreads his arms wide and gazes around his space.
"What do you notice about this office?"
This was a question I had not anticipated, and for a moment I was stumped. He had the usual groupie pictures with famous people, a stand-up carboard cutout of some actor, a marlin hanging on the wall, etc.
All I could muster in response was "Um, it's neat?"
He nearly jumped across his desk to hug me. "Exactly! I'm a fanatic about neatness."
It turns out he was feuding with a reporter who had mounds of press releases and reporters notebooks spilling off his desk, onto the floor and out into the cubicle walk way. That pissed him off.
How would I handle a situation like that, he asked, pointedly.
"If it deters his ability to break stories and make deadlines, it's a problem."
I didn't yet know the reporter, but he turned out to be one of our best.
Anyone who’s worked in chip industry will have listened to the hardware guys blaming a software problem, only to cross the room and find that the software guys are convinced that “the problem’s in the hardware.”