First off, I want to thank Pat Dryburgh for his thoughtful, interesting and tasteful work on Simple Desks throughout its lifetime. It’s a shame then that here the old saying proves true: all good things must come to an end. Most of you reading this will know that he ended his involvement with this venture on January 1st 2012. He explained his decision in an excellent blog post, and raised a lot of great points so well that I doubt I will be able to match his eloquence with the reasoning behind my decision:
Simple Desks is back.
There’s something deeply intimate about someone’s desk. Each photo tells a story in its own way. For some, it is simply a place to work. For others, it is where they create. Their most brilliant ideas and most painful failures will be shaped there. When you look upon photos of such desks, you are gazing through a window into their life, their personality, their world. Sometimes, that on its own is utterly compelling.
They don’t have to be seen that way. Some desks don’t have much of a story to tell, so pristine that they seem unnatural. This isn’t a bad thing - such photos are still of value. Sure, they might be wholly unattainable. But what’s wrong with that? Sometimes it’s just nice to look at something beautiful - simple as that. And on a purely practical level, such photos might even tell a shorter story of their own regarding the relationship between minimalism and productivity if you’re that way inclined.
You be the judge - desks, like most things, mean different things to different people. View them as simple photos to be admired, or as meaningful pieces of art. Neither is wrong; just experience them the way you want - as long as you enjoy it, it really shouldn’t matter.
I hope very much that you can take enjoyment from Simple Desks once more as it continues.
Thanks to you all, and good luck in 2012.