Video is an important part of The edge, 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. Her workspace at home is deceptively simple; we asked him for a visit.
Tell me a little about you. How did you get to The edge?
I have an MA and BA in Journalism, but I’ve always found it easier to tell stories through visual media, hence my love for photos and videos. before joining The edgeI was part of the small but mighty Re/Code which was bought by Vox Media, and I was transferred to the incredible video team here.
Let’s start with your office. Where is it and where did you get it?
My office is located in a busy area of San Francisco in a very small room where I work, eat, sleep… I need to move… After days and weeks of research, I decided to get the Blue Lounge StudioDesk mainly because of its size, the look, the sturdiness and the integrated storage compartment.
It’s an interesting setup that it has, with the areas below.
I really try to keep my area organized. I used to get a much bigger desk from Ikea, but since moving to a smaller room I had to look for a smaller desk as well. So the next logical thing was to find something that has built-in storage. This is where I keep my emergency trackpad and keep all the ugly cables out of the way. The wooden shelf on top of the desk also stores things like SD cards, hard drives, hubs, and that cool toolbox, which I use to disassemble gadgets for fun.
Tell me about your chair.
As most videographers/photographers will tell you, back problems are common, and I spend too much time sitting in front of screens. Once I moved to San Francisco after college, the only thing I was willing to spend money on was a good, sturdy, reliable chair. I waited for a Black Friday sale, hoping to see a discount for a sturdy chair somewhere, and I was right. A very random furniture store had an online sale, so I was able to grab this Herman Miller Aeron. The only thing driving me crazy is that the lumbar support attachment keeps slipping out of place, and I have no idea how to fix it. So if anyone has any tips, tell me in the comments.
Tell us about the technology you use.
I used to be a dual monitor (horizontal + vertical) aficionado, but didn’t want my desk to be too cluttered, so right now I’m back to just one monitor – the Dell U2718Q 4K 27 inches. I decided to store it under this desk shelf because I don’t like seeing its base, and I think it looks much better that way. I have a Wacom tablet, which doubles as a monitor, but in all honesty, it’s rarely turned on. I usually use it for Photoshop, and that’s about it.
I currently use my own MacBook M1 Pro, and hope that one of these days I can have a separate desktop computer. It feels bad to have this laptop and not take advantage of its XDR display.
There is also a lot of technology that I miss. You may have noticed that I don’t have a webcam with this setup, which I will eventually fix. But for now, I use my iPad Pro as a dedicated Slack and Zoom machine. I still haven’t updated to the iPadOS beta, but I hope Universal Control will make it easier to switch between the two.
Finally, every gadget I own is wired to Ethernet. This includes my laptop, Apple TV, PS5, Xbox Series X, and one of my favorite gadgets – the Synology DiskStation DS620slim NAS, which I use for my private work backup and storage and also as a Plex server.
I see you’ve created quite a bit of storage in the room: shelves in the closet, in an alcove, and under the TV. And it looks like closet storage has a lot of gaming tech.
Oh yeah, I’m all about the shelves, and I keep rearranging them. I keep moving my personal camera gear, drones, books, collectibles, accessories, tripods… It might not seem like a lot, but I swear most of my storage space is just piled up to the gills. This is where I keep my own drones, the drones I’m currently testing, camera accessories, GoPros, even more hard drives and lots and lots of cables.
To the left of your computer screen, it looks like you have a number of interesting items. Could you tell us about it?
Some of you might know this, but I’m a huge fan of FromSoftware, mainly transmitted by blood. Even my wallpaper is transmitted by blood fan art made by a great artist Anato Finnstark. The thing that looks like a hammer is a hand-painted collectible from the game, which I ordered in Japan just before the pandemic hit. It took a long time to get here, but it’s finally here, and I just think it looks cool as hell.
The glass bowl is a small decoration I made myself, which represents, you guessed it, more dark souls traditions. The gray sand represents Ash Lake, an area in the game. The purple sea foam represents purple foam, which in the game is used to cure poison. And the sword, well, I used to have a scimitar of dark souls 3 but replaced it with Sekiro’s kusabimaru. So yes, I told you I was a fan.
Finally, there are extra-long candles and matches, which are laid on a gemstone postcard from the island of Brač (in Croatia) by a local sculptor, Jakšić. Which subtly reminds me to call my parents once in a while. Hi mom and dad!
Is there anything else in your workspace that we haven’t covered?
I really can’t think of anything. I have many plans to improve my workspace, but right now my priority is to keep it organized. I was very close to getting a 43-inch monitor, but after all the announcements at CES this year, I think I’ll wait a bit before making that decision. There are so many cool monitors coming out.
And last (but certainly not least), could you introduce us to your beautiful cat?
Ahh, yes, my favorite question! Meet Aspi, my pandemic pet. I’m not sure what kind of breed it is, but Siri seems adamant that he’s a Turkish Angora, so let’s go. He is a heavy sleeper and my best friend who has made WFH life so much better. Plus, it’s her third birthday in two weeks, so don’t forget to wish her a happy birthday.