I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and the joy that comes when you realize that -- is it the end of the year already?
Don't know if I ever mentioned it before, but my "office" is in my garage. I converted it after being inspired by visiting Deke McCelland's garage office (Deke lives in Boulder, CO). I thought that it would be cool to let you get a peek inside of where Real World Illustrator (both the book, and the blog) comes from...
This is my desk. Yes -- those are four different computers (not just monitors). On the left is a Dell Dimensions Desktop running WindowsXP, the Apple 20" display is attached to my main computer -- a 15" MacBook Pro (Intel Core Duo), and then a G4. Notice there's only one mouse and keyboard -- I use Synergy2, which is opensource code that allows me to simply move my mouse from computer screen to computer screen. Whichever monitor my mouse cursor is on, that's what my keyboard works on. I can even mouse over to the PC, copy, and then mouse over to the Mac and paste. Not only is it cool, I think it's the most incredible piece of software I've ever seen. My buddies Don, Christian, Ralph, and Alan over at the Mac IT department at the NY Times introduced me to this and it's simply amazing. The laptop on the far right is a Panasonic Toughbook -- a prize I just recently won from American Way magazine for being named a finalist in their Road Warrior MVP contest (look for the January 15, 2007 issue with ME on the cover!).
As for other assorted items on my desktop, there's a Wacom 6x8 Intuos3 tablet with a grip pen and their 6D art pen, a Logitech NuLOOQ Professional Series, my beloved 20GB iPod that the Illustrator team bought me as a parting gift when I left Adobe (the engraved message reminds me of them every day) and one of the new teeny shuffles, an Orange LaCie rugged FireWire drive, and a sharpie (of course -- who can possibly live without a sharpie?!?!).
Here's the bookcase that fills the back wall of the garage -- er, I mean "office"... Do I really read all of those books? Well, almost all of them -- just not the foreign language translated versions of my books... ;)
Oh, and did you notice the shelf full of tchotchkies? Can't get enough of those. Also, at the top are a few selections from my computer "museum" -- far left is my Quadra 700 -- the first computer I ever bought (we had an IBM PCjr. and a Commodore VIC20 prior to that, but those were bought by my dad and belonged to the family).
Here's a closer look at some of the tchotchkies. Some are treasured selections that I accumulated when I worked at Adobe. Others are either gifts, or toys I picked up at previous Macworlds (like the Intel bunny suit guys, which were later "set on fire" by Apple -- ironic how things come around, isn't it?). Of course, the Pets.com sock puppet keeps me company, and if you look real close, you'll see a special collection of Photoshop collector pins (far right) -- each pin depicting a different "era" of Photoshop icons. With the ongoing controversy around the CS3 icons, this collection could prove very valuable...
My bragging rights -- I actually collect all of my lanyards and badges from all of the conferences that I speak at. Over the years, I've accumulated quite a bit of them. My first speaking engagement? Macworld Boston, 1996 -- as a panelist of Wow! artists for Sharon Steuer's session on Illustrator. Ten years of speaking! I can hardly believe it.
Well, this concludes our tour of my "crib". Best wishes for a happy New Year and see you all online in '07!