Best Desk for a Graphic Designer?

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  1. TJunkers macrumors 6502a

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    I'm looking for a desk that isn't too expensive and not too thick! What are your thoughts. I use an iMac 24", Macbook Pro 15", and a Cintiq 12WX. What are your thoughts?
     
  2. Kwill macrumors 68000

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    Your question is quite subjective but I'll get you started with this timeless classic Clockwork Desk by Dale Mathis. For one third the price with just about as much cool factor, you can purchase the Origami Desk from Formtank. If you need more storage, there's the Sliding Puzzle Desk by Hsien Chang. If you're in Colorado, perhaps you want to save some space with a Computer Desk Bed from FlyingBeds for even less. Prior options make recycling a vintage American car hood into a desk like one of these Coffee Tables by Joel Hester down right reasonable. On the more cost-effective end of the scale is the sectional Galant from Ikea with a 10-year guarantee.

    P.S. I use a back-to-back U-shaped abomination of the latter. ;)
     

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  3. TJunkers thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome! Think I'll go for the clockwork desk.. only question... Anyone have 21,000 dollars I can borrow?
     
  4. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    Do you even have to ask? You live in the same state as an Ikea, you arent going to find any better deals on pretty much any furniture.
     
  5. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

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    After 18 years of experimentation, I have come to the realization that the surface I work upon has no affect on my creative process (unlike, however, my creative reliance on black turtleneck sweaters and horn-rim glasses -- those DO make your design better).

    I am now an ikea guy... I have one of those glass-topped desks on sawhorses (so, I can stare at my shoes when needed... for creative inspiration)

    If you are in a real budget-bind, a door on sawhorses works great in a pinch. Your monitor cables can be snaked through the doorknob hole!
     
  6. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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    I use the Jesper 2000 series from Copenhagen imports.
    This is a series of modular components that can be configured in a variety of ways.
    Strudy, simple, and very high quality.
    The genuine wood veneer is durable and beautifully finished.
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  7. Toppa G's macrumors 6502

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    This sounds like a furniture description from The Price Is Right :D
     
  8. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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    It's something to fall back on in case this graphics thing doesn't work out.:)
     
  9. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Rather than saw horses, cheap two drawer file cabinets work better and offer storage space too. To prevent the dor from moving I attached the door with a couple large carage bolts to the tops of the file cabinets. This gave me a 36" x 80" work surface for abot $45 total. The setup is up in the attic used as an electronics lab bench.

    Downstairs I did something much the same. I attached a run of 1x4 lumber along a wall on three sides of a room. Two sheets of oak plywood later and I have a 12 foot wide U shapped desk. Actually I would have bought something but nothing would fit the space. The project took about four weeks
     
  10. Kwill macrumors 68000

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    Options are getting far too cheap for my liking. You might as well stack phone books or use a TV tray. Here's another option from Ikea for $100. Its called Fredrik (sans the 10-year guarantee). If that's still too much, consider a very flimsy Mikael for $50.
     
  11. toaster_oven macrumors regular

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    recycled door (solid core works best) and legs from ikea (yes, they sell just legs).

    covered with vyco so you can also draw on it.
     
  12. baseveer macrumors newbie

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    try this!

    picture this if you will...

    two filing cabinets with a nice piece of birch veneer plywood on top :apple:

    great for the graphic designer on the cheap
     
  13. wongulous macrumors 6502a

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    I have too many desks.. haha. But they are minimalist, simple, easy to reconfigure and therefore flexible, with a minimum of capacity to become dated (like most desks I see). One is made from sawhorses with tempered glass over it, one made from filing cabinets with tempered glass over it, and one made from filing cabinets with granite over it. I like them all, but I think I'd like my next desk to be one of these that attach to an IKEA Expedit 5x5 bookshelf.. I always like to have my books and little storage boxes and doohickeys and picture frames close, and I just don't have enough open storage nearby now.

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  14. WSU-Architect macrumors member

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    If you're loaded and have storage elsewhere, the Milk (www.milk.dk )desk is pretty sweet. Its what I want...horribly bad...
     
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    It doesn't have cup holders, what kinda sofa is that?
     
  17. waynesun macrumors regular

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    Get an IKEA Jerker off of Craigslist if you can find one. Opt for something cheap - because in my opinion, the desk is just an excuse for sprucing up one's pad (I'm guilty of it too - just trying to spread the wisdom). Save the money and allocate some of it towards a beautiful desktop solution and some paint for your walls. Those, if anything, will influence how you design the most.
     
  18. craigsharp macrumors regular

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    I had a friend who did that, it was massive, but looked darn good. He stained it a dark mahogany and trimmed it off with a 1/2" X 2" trim and stained it as well, it looked awesome with his 23" Apple Studio LCD and his MDD G4 underneath.
     
  19. d76irish macrumors newbie

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    I think a good desk is at Versatables.com It fits your computer needs and your drawing needs.
     
  20. Dferreira87 macrumors member

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    Ikea has the same exact desk that is in the picture. Plus it is customizable with Ikea and of course, very inexpensive!
     
  21. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    Cinder blocks and a door taken off its hinges.

    It worked for you in college.

    It can still work for you today.

    Take the handle off the door and voila... a perfect way to run your cables to your outlet.
     
  22. MattSepeta macrumors 65816

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    I recently got a white frederick desk. Its more than solid enough, but I have one complaint.
    -I dont like using a mousepad, so I mouse on my desk surface all the time. This new desk's top material collects crap and dirt it seems, so after about an hour or two of using the mouse, it starts to feel gunky and sticky and I need to clean the bottom off.
     
  23. jerryrock macrumors 6502

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    I use a six foot dining room table. I need the space for all of my peripherals and it gives me enough surface to layout prints or conceptualize ideas.
     

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