We messed up and you responded. Last fall, we posted a gallery of the messiest engineering desks, courtesy of our sister site, EETimes. EELife editorial director Brian Fuller, who came up with the slideshow, opined that the results showed that the messier the desk, the more of a genius its owner must be.
We wanted to see whether Design News readers were as organizationally challenged. Several of you responded, so here's Messy Desks Part II, which mashes up mechanical engineers' workspaces with additional EETimes pictures.
Click the image below to view more of the messiest engineers' desks around:
Nicholas Lee of Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, shows off "my vast hoard of electronic components, reference books, datasheets, and a miscellany of electronic projects under construction," which reside next to his desk.
I have to agree with Al Sledge's wife about whatever expletive she choose to describe his work area. I'm glad none of those cluttered creations reside in my house or my office space. Beyond all the mess, however, I was intrigued by that FiFo dog robot ... what is that all about?
Maybe we should be asking readers for photos of the most impressive engineering desktops (not their own) in their companies. We have all seen the engineer with piles of equipment and papers everywhere; it's all too common. We can probably learn more and get new ideas from the opposite approach. In fact, are there ANY engineers who have desktops that could be mistaken for an accountant or business executive out there?
I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one who still uses CRT oscilloscopes; these slim-line color LCD 'scopes have me feeling my age. I just can't seem to give up my circa 1980 4-Channel Tektronix (analog) storage scope!
Hi, Arnoldnewb. Have you ever seen an empty desk? Even desks in empty offices or cubes tend to accumulate someone's "stuff." Mostly I see messy desks or organized desks but can't find a correlation between the state of a desk and the state of the owner's mind. It's fun to speculate, though.
I'd say my success rate for finding things after cleaning my desk, or my office for that matter, is about 50%. Half of the time cleaning means I find things I need but had temporarily "lost," and the other half of the time I put stuff someplace else I can't remember.
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