National Pen has a motion infographic that describes the desks, strategies and work quirks of luminaries and legends, past and present.
Ernest Hemingway, for instance, was an early adopter of the standing desk, which the graphic says can boost productivity by 10 percent. Perhaps writing in a slightly uncomfortable position (he kept his typewriter on a bookshelf) was his secret to concise writing? Papa was certainly a perfectionist. As noted in the infographic, it took him 39 attempts to settle on the final words for “A Farewell to Arms.” He also kept a word count chart in his workspace, which usually clocked in between 450 and 1,250 words per day.