DESK was founded in early 2016 to cover topics from design, psychology and productivity. Our goal is to create a resource for designers and makers to motivate, inspire and just have fun.
We don't like to take ourselves too seriously.
The DESK blog is for independent makers and those who want to broaden their horizons beyond the regular design-y topics, which is why we don't write about things like "the latest UX trends." We created DESK because we saw the need for a design blog that is actually written by designers in the field. No bullshit.
Currently the DESK blog runs mostly without any external funding or advertising and is mainly self-financed. We are supported and sponsored by the fine folks at Semplice and hosted by Flywheel (best hosting service, seriously). In addition, in 2018 we've started opening up our partnership program which helps us pay the bills and keep writing the articles for you. Thank you to all of our partners who've supported us financially by letting us write about their products.
Who's the "we" behind DESK? Let us introduce ourselves.
Lu is a designer and contributor to the DESK blog since its inception. Originally from China, she is now living and designing in Berlin, Germany. Lu loves snorkeling, karaoke and walking in the drizzling rain. Lu shares portfolio inspiration on DESK and makes little design tweaks that help you enjoy your stay here.
Lizzy is a writer and just all around creative person. Lizzy is from Nashville and agrees to cookies on most websites. She loves writing fiction but on DESK mostly writes about psychology and productivity, with some satire mixed in. Otherwise, Lizzy edits everything we write and fixes our typos to protect us from the internet grammar police.
Nika is also a freelance designer, writer and illustrator. Originally from Amsterdam you can find her freelancing all over the world. If Nika is not hunting the best snaps for her Instagram page, she is most likely designing or writing about freelance things. You can find most of her writing on the dedicated Freelance Life Series page.
Terri is a designer currently doing things a designer does in Austin, Texas. After she lived in Hawaii for a couple years, she turned into the biggest poi lover. Why she left that behind and moved to Texas, well you might ask that herself (that's your free conversation starter with Terri).
And then we have Jon. Jon is a designer from Nashville and is pretty much good at everything which makes it super easy to be friends with him. In addition he's a devoted "Instagram husband" which is something only the best can do. Look it up.
Say hello to Stefan! Stefan is a designer gone developer originally from Austria but currently lives in New York City. The best thing about Stefan is that he's always happy to use any chance he can get to use an Arnold Schwarzenegger reference, and he does so successfully every time.
Tobias is a designer, maker and sometimes writer. He is originally from Germany but grew up in Austria. After a fairly short stay in Stockholm he finally decided to live in New York City where he's remained for the past 7 years. Tobias loves pandas, skateboarding and hunting "grams" (is that how the young kids say?) on the streets.
Since 2016, the team at DESK has sought to challenge and motivate the creative community with new ideas around design, productivity and portfolio-building.