How does your working environment look?
2004 at 02.26 am posted by Veerle Pieters
I’ve been toying around with the idea of writing an article about this for a while now. You see, for me it’s important to have a cosy office. It affects my creative mind and can’t stand the thought of getting a design job done in an office that gives you a rather depressing or a cold unpleasant feeling.
As you'll notice from these pictures, colors are a big deal to me. I like vibrant colors because they cheer me up. Just like with a certain music I love, they give me the right mood and ideal atmosphere to trigger my creative juices. It also reflects a bit of your personality I guess.
You might have noticed the rather strange looking but so indispensable ergonomic chairs Thatsit™ Balans® from STOKKE. We bought these a few years ago and they were the best investment ever. We never have a sore neck or back since then. You can set them in different modes, the 'relax' mode where you lean back and the mode where you lean forward. STOKKE is a Norwegian brand that uses trendy smart designs with ergonomics in mind. At first it took some time to getting used to, since it's a kind of weird way when you go sit down. You need to fold your legs in a angle to get between the seat and the knee support. But once you get the hang of it, it's even easy to move around. And when you site down and you want to lean back your mind always thinks you're about the fall backwards, but that's easily solved after a few times.STOKKE has been renamed VARIÉR and you can find more about the Thatsit™ Balans® chair at this url. The the US distributor is Design for comfort.
Talking about ergonomics, you might have noticed the black wrist-pad. After Ergonomics called us to test it for free for a few weeks, we decided to buy 2 of them. If you think about the time you spend daily behind a computer, it isn't such a bad idea to invest in things like that.
Another thing that is very important for me is order and tidiness ;-) I hate a cluttered desktop on my Mac with folders and documents spread all over, the same for the office. I like to keep things clean and in order, so I can find my stuff easy and fast. This is rather important to me and in fact necessary, you got to be good organized. in my (humble) opinion, it reflects also how you run your business. Of course everybody has his/her strange or less 'productive' habits, we're all human so we can't do it all prefect. Mine is for instance is that I sometimes have trouble concentrating, I get easily distracted or forget things ... thank God for those alerts in my Mac or mobile phone ;-). Another one is doing two things at the same time ... although people say women are good at that, well, I assure you I'm not (but wish I was).
And just because of curiosity, and totally inspired by Cameron Moll, I wonder how your desktop or work space looks like. Feel free to show us a picture by doing the following:
- 1. take a picture (hope a lot of you have a digital camera at hand)
- 2. crop/resize the picture to 420px wide by 315px (prefered height) and save it as jpeg
- 3. upload the image to your own server
- 4. post a comment by using the pMachine image tag and the full URL path to your image, for example:
Thank you for your contribution and for pleasing my curiosity ;-)