Workspaces are the incubators where creativity and inspiration are translated into productivity.
I came to this conclusion (cited above) after renovating my home-office and noticing how my productivity skyrocketed to a level I never knew existed. It was only after I got myself a more comfortable chair, a bigger desk and a nice desktop lamp that I started to understand how I willingly undermined my workflow with my previous setup.
Designers, developers, writers, and anyone who spends a considerable amount of time in front of their computers should pay attention to effective workspace design. For some, effective could mean a really comfortable chair and a minimalistic setup, for others, whose jobs may be more creative-driven, a heavily personalized scene is required to max out their potential.
In this article we’re bringing you a huge collection of some of the most inspiring, productive, and impressive workspace designs we’ve ever seen. But not only that, we’ve also listed some workspace design tips that will help you become better inspired and more productive.
1. Keep Your Desk Clean & Tidy
A cluttered desk is the deadliest of all sins in workspace organization and a great way to clog up your inspiration. Get rid of unnecessary items so you can focus more on the task at hand. Getting distracting objects out of your eye-sight and placing the monitor as your primary attention target will help you procrastinate less and do more.
2. Room Lightning
This is perhaps the most prominent aspect in all of the wonderful workspaces featured in this article. If you’ve been blessed with a room that gets enough sunlight, proper design will help you take advantage of it without the glaring effects. If you’re working from your basement though, a nicely designed desktop lamp is necessary to reduce eye-strain.
Editor’s Tip: fluorescent will kill your creativity!
3. Choose a Decent Chair & Adjust it (Mind Your Posture)
The chair you’re sitting on is the most used item in your workspace, even more than your computer! You can (and probably should) go frugal with any other item in your workspace, but spending a few extra bucks on a comfortable, durable chair will be your best long-term investment. Be kind to your back.
Editor’s Tip: Adjust your chair so you’re not constantly slouching with your shoulders forward.
4. Mouse-Pad & Ergonomic Keyboard: Don’t Hurt Your Wrists!
People who spend long hours working in front of their computers may develop CTS: “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”, which comes with a long list of painful symptoms and is caused by pressure overload on your median nerve (the nerve passing between your wrist and hand).
Make sure you’re using an ergonomic keyboard, and that you have a mouse-pad with wrist-support. Your wrists should always be straight (never bent!) while typing/using your mouse.
5. Keep Necessary Items Within Reach
One of our previous tips commands eliminating all unnecessary clutter, but another surefire way to interrupt your thought process and workflow is spending time and effort looking for something to write on or write with. Always have a pen, a notepad, and necessary work-related items within arm-reach.
6. Go Cordless, or At Least Tangle-less.
Take a look at the workspaces in this article, notice any cords in most of them? And no wonder: good luck going back to your design or copywriting project after spending 10 minutes untangling five different cords so you could finally move your mouse cursor. If you can’t afford a cordless keyboard or mouse, take care of the cords’ visibility and placement.
7. Your Desktop Matters, too!
Your digital desktop, that is. Keep it as icon-free as possible and get yourself an inspiring desktop wallpaper every once in a while. The “less clutter = more productivity” rule applies here as well.
Editor’s Tip: Minimalism can be great, just make sure you don’t remove day-to-day essentials
8. Your Workspace is Yours, Make it Your Own
Your workspace should feel comfortable and look attractive to you; after all, you’ll spend much of your time here. Well-adjusted room temperature, humidity and fresh air flow are a good start. From there, it’s up to you to create the ideal working conditions that make you comfortable: what kind of lightning do you prefer, dimmed or strong? What color should it be? Should the wall behind your screen be bright or dark? Clean or filled with artwork and photographs of your loved ones?
9. Music & Noise
We’ve included music and noise together because sometimes music can become a distraction. If, however, there’s a specific genre that helps you stay focused, build a long enough playlist so you don’t have to deal with it while working. Eliminate other noise disturbances and maintain a peaceful working environment.
Note: All images were collected from Deskography.org