You are certainly correct that the design should match the intended use.
With an eye toward future needs of course. However, that being said,
a designer needs to seriously examine the needs of the user.
Anything dependent on color fidelity---like editing photographs or
video---will suffer using an LCD monitor. The color fidelity just isn't
there, and it isn't adjustable. I agree for 95% of office work they are
sensational, but for editing family and genealogy photos and doing
limited video production I doubt I will ever be able to give up my tank.
Also, small cases are nice if you have no expansion plans. If you work
in a geek-related industry you may need more physical space than your
average DellGatewayAlienHPWhatever can offer. My expansion slots are
completely filled at this point, and with 4 hard drives plus a DVD
burner it is getting impossible to expand without completely upgrading
the computer itself. Not to mention peripherals---I have two printers
(b/w laser and color inkjet), two scanners (flatbed and 35mm film),
connections for digicam and camcorder, plus laptop and its doodads, not
to mention UPS, networking equipment... (sounds like I need an equipment
room rather than a desk)
Note that I work in high-tech and my technology needs are many, and this
is probably not so for normal people. However, it pays to think about
it rather than just building something generic from someone else's plans.
FWIW... I am designing a desk right now, three sides with a big
adjustaable odd-shaped keyboard tray. Laptop gets its own vented
drawer. Desk is held up with 2-drawer filing cabinets. I'll try to
take photos during production.
The one thing I hate about corner units, especially with 30" deep desks,
is that it is impossible to reach the shelves back in the corner. The
only way I can think to resolve this is to make shelves that stretch
across the corner at 45 degrees. This leaves a triangle of unusable
wasted space behind the shelves, but it ensures that what is on the
shelves can be reached. I am planning a couple of large shelf units to
go above my WonderDesk, and I'd love to hear how others approach that
> With the advent of thin LCD monitors and tiny computer cases, does a
> "computer table" make any sense any more? I think a desk designed as a
> desk, rather than a place to hold yesterdays monster computer gear makes
> more sense.