Bryan Clark is the US Editor for The Next Web.
Bryan is no newcomer to the journalism industry. He began his career in 2000 as a freelance writer contributing to USA Today, Business Insider, Forbes, and Search Engine Journal just to name a few.
In 2015, he became the a West Coast Reporter for The Next Web and within 2 years he was elevated to the US Editor position. Aside from his impressive accomplishments at TNW, he is also a freelance journalist for The New York Times.
Bryan is a social media guru, covering all things tech. His articles feature new gadget reviews, directions on how to use new app features, and featured articles about emerging technologies. Despite his various accomplishments, hard work ethic, and overwhelming passion, he claims to be a couch potato and taco enthusiast when the day is done.
Read more about Bryan, his love for Apple products and video games, and his counter top-style desk in this month’s What’s On My Desk!
First off, tell us a little about what’s on your screen. I noticed you have one monitor but use it as a split screen.
The monitor is a 34” Acer Predator ultrawide, which I’m in love with. I normally have it split into three columns, but at the end of the day, as I begin winding down, I might just use one or two. After a lot of internal debate, I switched from a dual monitor setup to a single ultrawide. It was a great choice, and I wouldn’t go back if you paid me. I still use the MacBook Pro monitor for communication — Slack and email, primarily — but most of what I need fits easily into the two or three columns on the main monitor.
I can see from your mouse and keyboard you’re an Apple product guy. What’s your must have Apple device, and tell us about a few on your desk?
I’m definitely an Apple guy. I tried to switch a couple of years ago — I built a high-end gaming PC to help lure me away — but I couldn’t do it. I’m just more productive on Apple products, presumably due to years of using them. I gave it a shot though. I spent a good three or four months using nothing but the custom built PC and just couldn’t get the same feel for it. So, what’s on my desk, Apple-wise? Usually it’s an iPhone X (I didn’t feel the need to upgrade this year, as I usually do), an iPad Pro 10.5”, my 2018 15” MacBook Pro (see his latest article on the new Macbook Pro rumors), and a lot of dongles — damn you Apple. As for my favorite, it’s easily the iPhone X. It’s my most-used device.
You have a nice speaker system, and headphones. What do you enjoy listening to while you work? What about when you aren’t working?
The speakers are the Mackie CR4, which I bought after Marques Brownlee suggested them in a video. I don’t particularly like them, and they’ll probably be my next upgrade. They’re fine, but you can’t work in tech without listening to really great speakers (either at events or during reviews) so you get kind of jaded as to what’s good and what isn’t — meaning, these speakers would have been more than fine before I started reviewing better ones.
As for the headphones, those are really great: the Sony WH-1000xm3. Sound quality is the best I’ve heard in this price range, although I wish they were as comfortable as the Bose QC35. As for music, I’m all over the place. I enjoy everything, depending on what kind of mood I’m in. While working, it’s typically anything without lyrics, as I find these kinds of vocals distracting. So, EDM, classical, video game soundtracks, etc. are what you’ll probably find me listening to at work.
Can you tell us a little about each of the toys on your desk?
Under my monitor, you’ll see several penguins. I’m kind of obsessed with penguins. These were all gifts and my favorite is the LEGO penguin my son made. To the left, on top of a speaker, is Cozmo, a cool little robot from Anki that I adore. Aside from that, I have a couple of Google WiFi units on my desk — one for each internet connection — an Amazon Echo hiding behind the MacBook Pro, and then the typical pens and notebooks that are an extension of any journalist’s body.
We spy some windows in the background. Lucky! Where do you typically work from?
This is my home office, in Mexico. In front I have a couple of windows that provide great light, and then if I do a 180 in my office chair I have a gorgeous sliding glass window that looks out over the ocean. It’s really the best home office I could have ever hoped for. I spend most of my time working here, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
A lot of folks I talk with like to use standing desks. Is yours one of them, and do you enjoy using a standing desk from time to time?
I used one for about a year, and then gave it to my girlfriend. I never really got comfortable standing and writing, as I was always shifting a bit or ending up in weird stances that made my lower back sore. I’m back to a regular desk, and I just try to get up and move more during the day — more breaks, basically.
That’s the case for my SCUF Vantage PS4 controller. The controller is never in it, but I’m hoping I can find something else to use it for. I’m thinking it’ll be a good travel accessory for cords.
I get asked all the time about the desk itself, so it might be worth covering that while we’re taking a look. The desk is actually a countertop from IKEA, so it’s quite a bit heavier than any desk they offer — which is a definite pro, in my book. Holding up each side is a pair of adjustable IKEA legs on the left, and then an IKEA drawer unit on the right.