WordPress Workspaces: Brian Casel’s spacious home office

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We all work with WordPress professionals every day. Not in the traditional way, of course: we use Twitter, Facebook, and blogs to work virtually with one another. And that works great. But have you ever wondered what someone’s office looked like, the desk where they spend the bulk of their lives working? I know I have.

This week Brian Casel, WordPress theme developer, will be showing us around his own WordPress Workspace.

About Brian Casel

Brian Casel is a web designer based in Norwalk, Connecticut. He’s the creator of WP Bids, a WordPress theme for creating project proposals, as well as the Clean Slate WordPress CMS Theme. Most recently, Brian co-hosts Freelance Jam, a live web show and podcast all about freelance business and web design.

You can connect with Brian on Twitter @CasJam and on his blog, briancasel.com.

Now I’ll hand it off to Brian, so he can walk us through his WordPress Workspace.

The numbers in the above images correlate to this list:

  1. Print: Rolling Stone cover from June 1975. Stevie Wonder on the cover.
  2. Print: The Big Lebowski. Designed by Ibraheem Youssef.
  3. Fender American Stratocaster
  4. Canon MX870 all-in-one
  5. Amare Stoudemire and Carlos Beltran bobbleheads
  6. Original artwork by Jeffrey Casel
  7. Burton Custom X snowboard
  8. Books
  9. Trey, our 6-month old Lab mix
  10. Drawers on wheels, Ikea
  11. Desk with wood top, Ikea
  12. Steelcase Cobi Chair
  13. Mac Pro
  14. 2x Acer 23” Displays
  15. Logitech web cam
  16. Blue Yeti USB Mic
  17. Altec Lansing Speakers + Sub Woofer
  18. Apple Magic Trackpad
  19. Logitech wireless mouse, Keyboard + mouse wrist rests, Staples
  20. Pen + Pad

1. Print: Rolling Stone cover from June 1975, Stevie Wonder on the cover

One of my all-time favorite artists as well as publications.  This is a nice inspiration to have on the wall.

2. Print: The Big Lebowski, designed by Ibraheem Youssef

My all time favorite flick. Awesome poster, designed by Ibraheem Youssef. It really ties the room the together.

3. Fender American Stratocaster

It sits nearby, lonely, reminiscing on years past when it was played daily.  Now it’s more of a monthly occurrence.  It’s nice to plug in and break away from the computer screen every now and then.

4. Canon MX870 all-in-one

It prints, scans, copies, faxes, and cooks me breakfast.

5. Amare Stoudemire and Carlos Beltran bobbleheads

Amare Stoudemire and Carlos Beltran.  I’m a New York sports fan.  These two got my back.

6. Original artwork by Jeffrey Casel

My brother, Jeff, is a talented artist and painter.  This is one of my favorite pieces of his.

7. Burton Custom X snowboard

Love to get out to the mountains when I can.  Most of the northeast mountains are a road trip away but hoping to hit the slopes in other parts again in the near future.

8. Books

Need to do something about the lack of space.  A few favorites can be found here: HTML5 For Web Designers, CSS3 For Web Designers, Purple Cow, and Outliers.

9. Trey, our 6-month old Lab mix

Working from the home office can get lonely sometimes.  This guy keeps me company and provokes the occasional wrestling match.  Named after one of my all-time favorite musicians and songwriters, Trey Anastasio.

10. Drawers on wheels, Ikea

Furniture piece from Ikea.  Sitting on top of it is one of the few remaining land-line phones around.  It’s nice when it stays quiet.

11. Desk with wood top, Ikea

Wood top desk from Ikea.

12. Steelcase Cobi Chair

Love it.  I tried the Aeron and Leap chairs for a year each before selling them off and settling on the Steelcase Cobi.  It’s lightweight and great on my back for long periods of working at the desk.

13. Mac Pro

2.8 GHz Quad-Core. 6 GB Ram.  She’s been good to me for nearly 3 years.

14. 2x Acer 23” Displays

I like the size and clarity.  Very affordable in comparison to the Apple display and others.  Had some issues with color accuracy, but mostly nitpicking.

15. Logitech web cam

Used for Skype calling and broadcasting Freelance Jam. Has worked reliably for 3+ years. Not the best in terms of video quality.

16. Blue Yeti USB Mic

Highly recommended if you’re doing any kind of podcasting or recording. Drastically improves sound quality. I use it for Freelance Jam and the occasional recording of guitar playing.

17. Altec Lansing Speakers + Sub Woofer

They do the job.

18. Apple Magic Trackpad

I swap this in when the mouse is wearing on the wrist. Love using it “tap” mode.

19. Logitech wireless mouse, Keyboard + mouse wrist rests, Staples

High quality clicker. Wrist wrests from Staples. These help a lot for proper positioning. I’ve been dealing with wrist and back issues over the years, and these are good things to have.

20. Pen + Pad

I’m addicted to Things for Mac, Google Calendar, GMail, Basecamp, and other apps, but this is by far the most useful GTD tool in the arsenal.


That’s all folks!

And that’s Brian Casel’s WordPress Workspace. Would you like to be included in our series? Just shoot us a note and we’ll line you up to be next in our WordPress Workspaces series.

4 thoughts on “WordPress Workspaces: Brian Casel’s spacious home office

  1. I luv having my 2 furry office helpers around! Even if my lab mix goes bonkers seeing a bunny out the window, their company is so precious to me. My herder mix is always nearby. She’s 14 so I’m really appreciating her company even more these days. Tell Trey my girls say Hi! My lab mix would love a play date with him I’m sure!

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