WordPress Workspaces: Pippin Williamson’s standing desk

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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 Pippin Williamson, freelance WordPress developer, will be showing us around his own WordPress Workspace.

About Pippin Williamson

Pippin was born and raised in central Kansas on a commercial apple orchard operated by his parents. The orchard serves as a source of constant inspiration, even now when Pippin lives three hours away. Now based in Lawrence, KS, Pippin works as a full time freelance web developer/designer that specializes in WordPress.

You can follow him on Twitter at @pippinspages and at his blog.

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

The numbers in the above images correlate to this list:

  1. Logitech Surround Sound speakers
  2. Just Mobile iPhone 4 Stand (phone used as camera)
  3. 24” widescreen HD monitor
  4. Connected Land web cam
  5. Apple Keyboard
  6. 17” Envision LCD
  7. Logitech G5 gaming mouse
  8. 2nd 24” Dell widescreen HD
  9. iPad 2 with blue SmartCover
  10. 15” Apple Cinema Display acting as dedicated wall clock, powered by 1st generation Mac Mini
  11. All sitting on hand made, solid rock maple standing desk

1. Logitech Surround Sound speakers

It is very rare for me to not have music blasting out of these while working. I swing back and forth from heavy metal, such as System of a Down and Static X to the epic movements of Hans Zimmer. They’re getting really old, but still do the job pretty well.

2. Just Mobile iPhone 4 Stand (phone used as camera)

One of my favorite purchases from ThinkGeek.com, this little stand keeps my iPhone clean, out of the way, and at the perfect angle for texting, reading, or what have you without ever lifting the phone.

3. 24” widescreen HD monitor

One of my two 24″ monitors, this one is my dedicated web browser (Chrome) screen.

4. Connected Land web cam

Outdated when compared to the cameras in my phone, laptop, and iPad, but it’s gets the job done, even if a little pixelated.

5. Apple Keyboard

I’ll never use another keyboard, unless it’s a newer version (or simply newer in terms of use) of this one.

6. 17” Envision LCD

A relic from several years ago, this 17″ baby holds my code editor (Notepad++) and sits right in the center of my desk for the perfect viewing angle when furiously typing away code.

7. Logitech G5 gaming mouse

It’s weighted. It has three levels of manually adjustable sensitivity. It has forward back buttons for tabbing through Notepad++ windows. And it’s awesome. Enough said.

8. 2nd 24” Dell widescreen HD

The newest addition to my screen collection, this is my Photoshop / FTP / Skype real estate.

9. iPad 2 with blue SmartCover

Brand spankin’ new, the iPad doesn’t serve a lot of purpose on my desk, except to act as a dedicated Pandora machine. And a damn nice one at that.

10. 15” Apple Cinema Display acting as dedicated wall clock, powered by 1st generation Mac Mini

While obscenely silly, this is one of my favorite aspects of my workspace. The monitor is really old, the Mac Mini is really, really old, but together they make one sweet clock. Toad, just below the screen, has sort of become my workspace’s mascot as well.

11. All sitting on hand made, solid rock maple standing desk

My pride and joy. I built the desk by hand when I was a junior in high school. It is built out of solid rock maple (and believe me, the wood is very aptly named) and weighs more than you’d like to know, but it is also solid enough to take the weight of a car. The stringers (support arms between the legs) are connected to the 4″ legs with hand-chiseled mortise-and-tenon joints. It all comes apart for easy transportation.

The computer

Custom built PC running Windows 7, dual video cards, 6-core AMD Phenom processor, 4 gigs of ram, and 300+ gigs internal storage with an additional 500 external.


That’s all folks!

And that’s Pippin Williamson’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.

14 thoughts on “WordPress Workspaces: Pippin Williamson’s standing desk

  1. Haha, that is one cool clock. Great idea there! 😀

    Can’t believe you made the desk too. That’s impressive! So if you ever change your mind about the freelancing career, you can fall back on being a carpenter? 😀

    • I got the clock idea from an inspiring workspace list.

      Definitely! Wood working is one of my passions, aside from web development.

  2. Nice setup you’ve got there, Pippin. Your desk looks great. I’ve always wondered about those standing desks. Do you actually work all day standing without getting tired?

  3. Never thought I would say this but you might have too much computing power for one person. I mean you’re using an iPad 2 as a Pandora player?

    You can’t be on your yacht while flying on your private jet, right?

    Yes, IGWS I’m jealous.

    • Ha! That possibility has definitely occurred to me . . . I haven’t yet found a really good “work” use for the iPad, but it sure is great while sitting bored in class, and as a kickass music player 😉

  4. Curious if you have plans for your standing desk, I really like this design and would love to build one of my own! :0)

    • I don’t anymore. I drew them up rough 6 years ago when I built it, but if you want to email me, I’d be more than happy to help you re draw them.

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