Office

StandDesk

Research has shown that sitting at a desk all day is terrible for our health, well-being, productivity, and even life expectancy. Standing desks—especially those that adjust between sitting and standing positions—are a good way to counteract the negative effects of all that sitting, but they can be pretty expensive. (A fact I’m all too familiar with; my current “standing desk” is a…

‘The Display’ — Pen and Notebook Holder

Mike Dudek, the guy who writes about pens over at The Clicky Post, also handcrafts some very nice pen-and-notebook holders. My favorite of the bunch is called ‘The Display’, because it displays your pens nicely (up to 5) and also holds a few Field Notes notebooks. It’s obviously a great item to have in your workspace, but I think it works just…

Opening Lines of Notable Novels — Print

Here’s one for the book nerds out there. This upcoming print, titled A Diagrammatical Dissertation on Opening Lines of Notable Novels, is exactly what it sounds like: a diagram of opening lines in famous books. Examples include: Fahrenheit 451, Moby Dick, Gravity’s Rainbow, The Old Man and the Sea, Don Quixote, and a lot more. The team at Pop Chart Lab have…

David Foster Wallace on Leadership — Print

This Friday—February 21, 2014—would have been the 52nd birthday of one of my favorite essayists, David Foster Wallace. To celebrate the occasion, designer Debbie Millman teamed up with Brain Pickings to capture a passage he wrote about leadership, both in print form and as an 5 recorded by Millman herself. Millman originally created the print as a handcrafted felt-on-felt piece for the…

Podpad — Wall-Mounted Workstation

I’m kind of a sucker for awesome workspace setups, so the Podpad immediately caught my eye while I was going through my RSS feeds. At $1200, it’s certainly not the cheapest option around, but it has some cool features going for it: As the name implies, it’s wall-mountable It opens up to reveal a desk and several storage compartments Includes an always-open…

NeuYear 2014 Calendar

Yes, we’re a full week into 2014, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get the 2014 edition of the NeuYear Calendar (27″x39″). This is a great calendar to hang in just about any workspace, since it can be hung vertically or horizontally depending on which side you use. It’s also pretty easy on the eyes. Personally, I intend to use…

Gravitas Lightning Dock

The Gravitas is an upcoming dock for iPhone and iPad that promises to be extremely stable even for one-handed docking and undocking. At first glance, it looks like it would be made of lightweight aluminum, but it’s actually a much denser metal alloy. The resulting dock is one that has a small footprint but still weighs 2.54 lb (1.17 kg), which is…

Dartstrip — Magnetic Display System

Dartstrip is a Kickstarter project that aims to make the process of hanging art, photos and posters super easy. It’s an 8ft-long strip of white steel, scored in one-inch increments and backed with a non-residue adhesive, all stored in a tin that would fit right in at the tuna aisle. The strip is dispensed from the side of the can like scotch…

Aero Sphere Fan

Designed in Japan (or by bees, we’re not sure yet), the Aero Sphere Fan sports a unique look that can only be described as a “honeycomb teardrop”. Supposedly this honeycomb design allows the fan to cool a larger room than you might expect, but if nothing else it will certainly be a conversation starter. It’s admittedly not a very cheap fan, at…

Around Clock by Lexon

The Around Clock ($50) is a clever little timepiece that turns itself throughout the day, using a stationary red line rather than clock hands to tell you the time. It runs on a single AA battery and is operated by a standard quartz clock. It’s not exactly fancy, but it’ll add a little flair to your workspace.

‘Influence the World’ Poster

Sean McCabe is a very talented hand-lettering artist and designer, and sells a number of awesome prints and other goodies. My favorite of the bunch is the ‘Influence the World’ poster, not just because it’s beautiful, but also because it’s a much-needed reminder for us to strive to find our own voice rather than merely follow the crowd. I recommend hanging it…

Satechi Desk Mat & Mate

There’s certainly something to be said about having a minimalist workspace, but it can be a little…well, plain. The Satechi Desk Mat & Mate can help spice things up a little bit, give you a comfortable place to rest your hands while typing or writing, and protect your desk surface from scratches and spills. It’s also available in a wide variety of…

OTTO Fan

The OTTO is a super-quiet, lightweight fan contained within an eco-friendly bamboo frame. Well, I say bamboo, but the more accurate term here would be twice-oiled African sapele wood. The fan itself is of the standard 3-speed variety, with the entire unit weighing in at 9.8lb and dimensions of 7.3″ x 13.6″ x 14.8″. Perfect for a small office. At $200, there…

Black+Blum Heavy-Weight Tape Dispenser

The Black+Blum Heavy-Weight Tape Dispenser is exactly what the name implies. Weighing in at 2.2lbs, the heavy-duty body is made from aluminum and contains a cast iron core, while the blade itself is made from stainless steel and is quite sharp. Combined, this makes for a tape dispenser with a handsome industrial look that won’t fly off the desk during one-handed use.…

BeoPlay A9 Wireless Speaker

As with the BeoPlay H6 headphones I mentioned the other day, the Beoplay A9 speaker is a beautiful way to listen to music. Somewhat resembling a UFO, the A9 is nearly 3 feet tall and boasts some pretty powerful sound, thanks to its 2.1 bass reflex loudspeaker – which also acts as a handle and wall mount on the back of the…

Scanner Pro for iOS

Thanks to Nate Boateng, I found out that the well-regarded Scanner Pro is on sale for $2 right now (down from $7). This app will let you scan paper documents and receipts with your iPhone or iPad camera, then send those scans off to places like Evernote and Dropbox. It even uses an algorithm to clean up the images and make them…

Permanent – Spreadsheets for iPad

If you spend a lot of time messing around with spreadsheets, you might want to check out Permanent for iPad. It’s an easy-on-the-eyes spreadsheet app that’s been optimized for touch and supports the XLSX and CSV formats for easy importing/exporting. As you’d expect, you can also write your own equation formulas. Normally this app costs $20, but for today only (June 25th,…

Apple’s New AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Base Stations (802.11ac)

There were tons of amazing things announced during Apple’s WWDC 2013 keynote the other day, but two of those products that are already available for purchase are the new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Base Stations. These bad boys are now equipped with 802.11ac WiFi technology, which is said to be up to three times faster than the previous 802.11n. Each one…

Just Mobile AluPocket

I don’t have a dock for my iPhone, and as I often charge it at my desk throughout the day, I find myself picking it up and setting it down a ton to more easily look at notifications. The Just Mobile AluPocket is a new product that is designed to solve this exact problem. Mounting to a wall or partition with 3M…

SETA Smartphone Stand

Today seems to be the day for somewhat unusual iPhone stands. The SETA Smartphone Stand is an interesting Kickstarter project that proposes to hold your phone in place using a “NanoSuction” surface. You push your phone against the suction pad to hold it in place, and pull or twist to remove it — no sticky residue involved. It doesn’t have its own…

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