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Now that many of us are working from home (and it looks some will continue to do so, even after we’ve gotten past the worst of the pandemic), one of the most important places in those homes is our workspaces — in other words, our desks.

Everyone’s workspace is different. What kind of desk — and desk chair — do you use? Is your workspace neat and organized or filled with tchotchkes and toys? Do you have an old-fashioned wooden desk or a mechanized standing desk? Are you sitting on a stool or the latest Herman Miller desk chair? Is your workspace filled with this year’s high-end tech for working and gaming, or are you happy with a five-year-old laptop and a pair of headphones?

In our “What’s on your desk?” series, we look into how people organize and use their workspace so that you can find out all of the various ways we see our spaces and ourselves.

  • What’s on your desk, Nathan Edwards?

    Desk and bookcase, with window at right.
    Photo by Nathan Edwards / The Verge

    Nathan Edwards has been at The Verge for about a year and a half as senior reviews editor, editing reviews and managing part of the reviews team. He also works on our buying guide program. He adds, “Aside from a couple of short freelancing stints, I spent most of my career before this at Maximum PC (RIP), a print magazine, and then at Wirecutter, where I worked for seven years. So it’s been reviews and buying guides and writing about consumer tech pretty much the whole time.”

    He took some time to tell us about his workspace.

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  • What’s on your desk, Kate Cox?

    A work desk with a monitor, an Apple computer, and a pair of headphones, next to a window.

    Kate Cox is one of two senior producers running the Decoder podcast here at The Verge. Before she joined The Verge last summer, she had a decade and change as a reporter and editor covering tech policy, consumer tech issues, video games, and occasionally, nerd culture for several outlets.

    She took some time to tell us about her workspace.

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  • What’s on your desk, Tom Warren?

    A desk in an alcove with three monitors, a geometrical design on the wall behind it, a colorful gaming keyboard, and a variety of other tech.

    Tom Warren is a senior editor here at The Verge who covers “mostly anything Microsoft, PC, and console gaming.” He recently redid his home workspace and offered to tell us about his new setup; impressed with its practicality and neatness (which is nothing like mine, but let’s pass over that), I immediately took advantage of his offer.

    Here’s some of what Tom has to say about his new work-at-home environment.

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Aug 17, 2022

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Alex Heath?

    Alex Heath is deputy editor at The Verge who works with our creators team and covers Meta along with the social media industry more broadly. Covering Meta in-depth has also led him to cover augmented and virtual reality. He’s also the co-host of the newest season of Land of the Giants, Vox Media’s narrative podcast series on the tech giants. This season is, of course, all about Meta.

    Tell us about your desk.

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Jun 21, 2022

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Alice Newcome-Beill?

    Room with desks, screens, a shelf with toys and a cat.
    A home workspace teeming with tech, toys, and the occasional cat.

    As Alice Newcome-Beill describes herself, she’s currently the “commerce / deals writer for The Verge, 35 years old, a Scorpio, and a chaotic neutral.” With the other members of the commerce team, she helps handle The Verge’s daily deals posts and newsletters, in addition to maintaining the “best deals” announcements and other buying guides across the site.

    Tell us about the two desks in this space. Where did you get them, and where in your home have you placed them?

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Apr 27, 2022

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Sean Hollister?

    Between stints at Engadget, Gizmodo, and CNET, Sean Hollister became part of the small group that co-founded The Verge back in 2011. He has worn a lot of hats in the past decade: reviewing products, running the newsroom, training and editing new writers, putting spicy editorials on the site, starring in a few videos, liveblogging, and shaping coverage where he can. He’s currently a Senior Editor.

    Tell us a little about yourself. What do you like doing at The Verge?

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Mar 24, 2022

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Makena Kelly?

    Even a cheap desk can look nice when well-decorated.

    Makena Kelly has covered politics since the onset of the Trump administration when she was living in Washington, DC; she added tech policy when she began working for The Verge in 2018. The staff here caught a glimpse of her workspace recently during a Slack discussion, and after everyone admired how attractive it was, we knew we had to feature Makena on our next “What’s on your desk?”

    What do you cover here at The Verge?

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Mar 8, 2022

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Vjeran Pavic?

    Video is an important part of The Verge, and Vjeran Pavic is an important part of our video team. His official title is senior video director; for the most part, he’s the one behind the lens creating videos and photos for our site. He is also (unofficially) our in-house drone expert. His workspace at home is deceptively simple; we asked him for a tour.

    Tell me a little about yourself. How did you get to The Verge?

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Jan 27, 2022

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Antonio Di Benedetto?

    Antonio G. Di Benedetto is relatively new to The Verge, but he brings with him a load of talent in a variety of specialties. Besides being a commerce writer, he is an experienced photographer, a tech experimenter, a gamer, and a fountain pen enthusiast.

    Someone that diverse in his interests has got to be pretty interesting himself. We asked Antonio to talk about his desk, his tech, and his work.

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Nov 12, 2021

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Adi Robertson?

    When you have a tendency to collect stuff, it’s difficult to create a detritus-free space in which to work. It’s even harder when you have to do it on the fly because you’re suddenly working at home rather than in an office. Adi Robertson, senior reporter for The Verge, has actually managed to do that, and in this chapter of “What’s on your desk,” she explains how she has organized a place in which she can concentrate and do her fabulous reporting without distraction.

    Tell me a little about yourself. What is your background, and what do you do at The Verge?

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Aug 20, 2021

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Chaim Gartenberg?

    If you’re a frequent reader of The Verge, I’m sure the name Chaim Gartenberg is known to you. He’s been reporting and commenting here for years on everything from the latest AMD Ryzen processors to the new trailer of The Witcher, and has become a familiar sight on videos as well.

    Chaim recently moved to a new space, which means he got a chance to set up a new space for working at home. We asked him to talk about it.

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Jul 17, 2021

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Andrew Marino?

    Photo by Andrew Marino / The Verge

    Podcasting can be a fun and incredibly creative field — but also a very demanding one. Your skill set not only has to include familiarity with a variety of audio hardware and software, but you also need imagination, a good feel for what will sound good to your audience, and a very sensitive ear.

    Andrew Marino is The Verge’s senior audio director, and is responsible for producing almost everything you hear in our podcasts. We asked him to show us his desks — both of them — and tell us a bit about them, and about himself.

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Jun 1, 2021

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Brandon Widder?

    As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, many companies are figuratively shaking themselves off, taking stock, and hiring for new types of positions. The Verge is no different; it has recently hired Brandon Widder to be its senior commerce editor, a brand-new title for our next chapter. We asked Brandon if we could take a look at his home workspace, and this is what he showed (and told) us.

    Tell me a little about yourself. What is your background, and what do you do at The Verge?

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Apr 23, 2021

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Dan Seifert?

    A long look at the workspace of one of The Verge’s leading tech enthusiasts.
    A long look at the workspace of one of The Verge’s leading tech enthusiasts.

    If you’ve read a review, a gift guide, or a how-to on The Verge, then you’ve read something that’s been assigned by, edited by, or written by Dan Seifert. A longtime presence here, Dan’s knowledge of tech is vast and impressive — and is reflected by the number and quality of the devices you can see here in his home office.

    Tell me a little about yourself. What is your background, and what do you do at The Verge?

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Apr 15, 2021

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Adia Watts?

    If you’re not a writer or an editor, you may not appreciate how important copy editors are to publications. They are the ones who keep us from making fools of ourselves with bad grammar, bad spelling, or bad sentence structure; they also often act as fact-checkers. If you do a lot of reading on a variety of sites, you can usually tell which ones use copy editors and which ones do not.

    Adia Watts is a copy editor for The Verge. Like the rest of the staff, she is currently working from home, and we asked her to talk about her workspace.

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Mar 23, 2021

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Mitchell Clark?

    Photo by Mitchell Clark / The Verge

    There are a lot of topics, both serious and fun, that are out there to be covered by The Verge, and it falls on our news writers to cover them: from coronavirus and space exploration to YouTube and Super Nintendo World. Mitchell Clark is one of those writers; among other articles, he wrote one of the best explanations you can find of what exactly NFTs are. We took a look (remotely via photos) of Mitchell’s desk and asked him some questions about his stuff.

    Tell me a little about yourself. What is your background, and what do you do at The Verge?

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Mar 5, 2021

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Jay Peters?

    Cat sitting on desk next to monitor, keyboard, and other devices.

    The Verge lives on news, and Jay Peters is one of the news writers who keeps it going — searching out the latest info about what’s going on in technology, entertainment, and culture, and writing it up for the site. As with the rest of us, Jay has been doing most of his work from home over the last year — here’s how he manages it.

    Tell me a little about yourself. What is your background, and what do you do at The Verge?

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Feb 12, 2021

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Jon Porter?

    Photo by Jon Porter / The Verge

    Working from home has its advantages, but one of the problems that many people have to face is trying to find enough space in a crowded environment. Jon Porter, who is the London-based news reporter for The Verge, has had to be especially resourceful in putting together a place where he could report, write, and review.

    We talked to Jon to find out how he’s managed to do such great reporting out of a small space.

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Feb 12, 2021

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Taylor Lyles?

    Moving to a home office sometimes means making the most of a little space. Taylor Lyles, a writer at The Verge, is one of those who has used imagination and tech know-how to create a great working area out of a small part of her room. Here’s how she did it. (And if you’re curious, a list of her tech is at the end of this article.)

    First, tell us a little about yourself. What is your background, and what do you do at The Verge?

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Feb 12, 2021

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Sam Byford?

    While many of us moved to home offices when companies sought to avoid COVID-19 infection, for some people, working at home is the norm. One of those people is Sam Byford, Asia editor for The Verge, who works out of a home office in Tokyo, Japan.

    We talked to Sam to find out how he has equipped his own home office and to see whether it matters these days if your remote desk is five miles away or about 6,700 miles away from your organization’s main office.

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Feb 9, 2021

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Becca Farsace?

    Many people who used to commute to an office every day have passed the six-month mark as remote workers, and we are now working from home offices, dining room tables, desks set up in the corners of bedrooms, or living room sofas. The folks here at The Verge are no different, and we thought it might be interesting to talk to some of our co-workers and find out how they’re coping with roommates, kids, spouses, and other distractions — not to mention having to find a place in their homes to double as workspaces.

    For this article, we talk to The Verge video director Becca Farsace.

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Feb 8, 2021

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Kaitlin Hatton?

    Like many businesses, the staff of The Verge has largely decamped to our homes. Starting in early March, we packed up our laptops and headphones, and we are now working from home offices, dining room tables, desks set up in the corners of bedrooms, or living room sofas.

    We thought it would be fun to find out, six months later, what adjustments the staff has made to their various living quarters in order to be able to turn out the same journalism that was formerly produced in an office setting.

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  • Barbara Krasnoff

    Feb 4, 2021

    Barbara Krasnoff

    What’s on your desk, Cameron Faulkner?

    It’s hard enough to be a writer, reviewer, and tech enthusiast for The Verge under normal circumstances. It’s even harder when you’re working out of a shared studio apartment during a pandemic. Cameron Faulkner, who not only handles our deals pages but also writes on a wide variety of topics, has somehow managed it.

    We asked him to explain how.

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