5 Tips to Create an Ideally Workspace
Before you release your own creativity starting working on your project, it is very important to consider about setting up a workspace that can allows you to work freely and to think creatively while saying much about your personality. Each setup plays an important role in helping a designer finish their work successfully. Some simple tips can lead you doing your best, as you work on your own as you move in a new design studio/advertising agency. Let’s see five advices that can help you with that.
First of all, you need to clean and organize the area where you are going to work on. Disorganization and clutter can be a constant battle in your workspace if you do not have a system set up to manage it. Clean the desktop of anything you do not use or need anymore. Set up a time each week/month where you are going to clean. Try to get “all at your fingertips”, easy to find. You do not really have to spend hours looking for contracts, briefs, books, sketches, phone-numbers or risk to lose potential clients. Organize your desk, get shelf and containers where you can keep papers, use the storage features of your desk regularly. Check often to make sure there are no unused papers, files or other items that can make drawers or cabinets needlessly full, set up your computer, live a spot for your sketches, notes, brainstorming and some little bit empty so for example you can simply leave a mug of coffee without spilling. Get an L-shape or a L-wing into your desk if you can. The wing makes it so much easier to keep your primary desk area clear for active work, by stowing your desktop files or piles or other frequently grabbed items off to the side, also if you are someone who prints daily, then of course you need the printer very close at hand.
Choose well your resources! Be sure that you have got everything you need! It is very important for a designer to be surround by his favorite tools. Get a library and buy lots books; it can be your “starting point” the place where you can begin searching and thinking about your projects. Try to get as more books you can and look for a large variety. Contact the manufacturer of paper and ask for free samples in order to be always update. Be also update about the IT world. I am not saying to change all your items once a month, but see if any convenient offers might come up. Create a stock of pictures, vectors, photo gallery, simplify your filing system. I do create category – folders with inside subcategories (e.g. Graphic Design works > packaging > logos > advertising). Trust me if you are looking for something and you need in a hurry this is the best way to find without waste time.
3. Creativity Spot
Your ideal workspace has to be as more creative as possible in order to help get out of your mind the best design works. Keep around samples of your works and other pieces of design and arts, hang on the wall posters, stunning shots, inspirational quotes that speaks to you, try to motivate yourself through visual encouragement. Have pieces of your portfolio and your identity around. Get your wall paint, choose a neutral shade with a touch of color may be to your benefit, the best color that suits you, have a look also the color meaning. Keep around cool and fancy gadgets such as pencil sharpeners, rubbers and pens.
Choose a quiet place. Go through every room in your home and ask yourself whether an office could be integrated into the space. Utilize closets, see if you can convert into an office. Try to do not get a busy and noisy spot, and also see how comfortable it is. It’s annoying to be interrupted when you are in the thick of a project especially if you have a family or flat mates it is not easy to stay out of the loop. Look around and find what is going to best suit your productivity needs. Reduce to zero your distractions. One other element that has a large impact on the overall appearance of your space but is often overlooked, it is lighting. You should try to incorporate two sources of light into your room – an overhead light as well as a task light. If you prefer a natural feel and you have access to it, natural lighting can do wonders to improve your mood in addition to providing the light you need to get the task done. Extra seating can also be highlighted by a floor lamp. You can express your personality through lighting with a large variety of modern styles. Get a very comfortable chair, think that probably you are going to work between 8 an 10 hours a day, and you do not have to end up with a backache.
5. Personalizing your work area
Remember that your workspace is your living space for much of your day, so make it livable and not just workable. Personalize it, make it a reflection of your own personality. Photographs are an easy way to personalize your space, it can also remind you that you are not alone. Add plants, they are a wonderful way to add life to a workspace; a specifically kind of plant can reflect your personality and best suit with that. Put an aquarium, play your favorite music so you can reduce the stress.
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Written by Krittiya Clark
Krittiya Clark is a creative designer who is passionate in design and code. She enjoys experimenting with techniques in both web and print. She also likes house music and snowboarding.