When Levenger introduced our Editor’s Desk back in 1992 most of us still worked primarily with paper. PCs were around, but usually we printed out our work, edited it by hand, and then returned to our PCs to update the digital files.
How things have changed in 31 years!
First was the introduction of the Apple iPhone in 2007. Freed from fixed keys, its glassy surface was a writhing chameleon in our hands, able to transform in an infinity of new ways.
Later in 2007, Amazon launched its Kindle, forever changing how we would read books.
The very next year, in 2008, Apple introduced its MacBook Air, when Steve Jobs dramatically slipped it out of an interoffice envelope.
Two years later, Apple introduced its much anticipated iPad tablet, which looked like a giant iPhone, offering not just a way to read books, but a window to our colorful world.
Competitors quickly came out with their own smartphones, skinny laptops, and tablets. There were lengthy debates about which digital devices would win out to become standards. Today, we know the answer: all three have found their niches.
Surprisingly, our Editor’s Desk, though designed for paper, is just as useful helping us be comfortable with our new digital tools. How can that be?
The Answer is Human Anatomy
While our tools have evolved, our bodies have not. Holding surfaces at an angle rather than flat makes us more comfortable, whether those surfaces are traditional paper or glass screens. And today, we often find ourselves working with several devices, plus paper, simultaneously.
The Editor’s Desk holds a MacBook Air at an ideal height and angle for comfortable hours online, while leaving room for taking notes by hand.
Many of our customers tell us they see their work with new eyes when it’s printed and prefer to make their final edits on paper. In the upper gallery, your tablet or phone is held at an ideal height and angle ready to provide reference materials.
Many of us spend hours in teleconference meetings. Might as well be comfortable, and look good, too.
Don’t worry about handing over prime desk space to your Editor’s Desk. Should you want to set it aside, at only 7 pounds, it’s easy to put it on the floor, where it stands, out of the way, and perfectly stable, on its side.
On my Editor’s Desk at home, I layer up with our Cushy Transparent Writing Surface, as do most of our customers. It provides just the right amount of give for writing on paper, but even better, it grabs laptops, phones and tablets as if they were locked in place.
I think you’ll thank us when you enjoy for yourself this ancient, yet still timely liberation from a flat world.
—Steve Leveen, Co-Founder