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.
Jim, you are most definitely in the minority with the clean desk although I can see that mechanical design engineers may have a greater appreciation for precision and order. Maybe others can weigh in on the engineering disciplines with the worst track record.
Funny situation about empty cubicles gathering other people's stuff ....There was one vacant corner cube that had clear visibility by everyone walking past to the break room.On the blank White Board was clearly printed, "This Space Left Blank Intentionally".
Mechanical Design Engineers are commonly neat and organized; especially those born under the Virgo sign.So organized that it becomes a setback.... almost OCD-like ... I'm talking about myself, of course.I find that I can't concentrate on work if distracted by clutter and have to "put things away" before realizing any productivity.Laugh if you must --- I'm used to it now --- my wife has been making fun of me for years.
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.
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'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!
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