Workspace Design Inspiration

Published Tuesday, March 23, 2010 7:36 AM

"The evolution of office spaces toward greater comfort and visual appeal has been taking place for about 15 years. Then why do so many workspaces remain devastatingly ugly?"

Christina Nunez poses this compelling question in her NPR article, When Bad Office Design Happens to Good People. Writing with empathy for cubicle dwellers everywhere, Nunez culls a list of suggestions for beautifying these workspaces - or, at least, for making them a bit less dreadful. Here is a sampling:

  • Add a task lamp to "counter a washed-out lighting scheme"
  • Bring in a plant or two
  • Change things around with some books from home, an inspiring quote display and/or some photos
  • Place cushions on low filing cabinets to brighten the area and provide seating for visitors

If you work at home as I do,  or have a good amount of freedom when it comes to designing your workspace, you can take some creative direction from Smashing Magazine's gallery of inspirational workplaces. There's more inspiration on tap in this post offering 90+ Home Office Hacks and this one showcasing 10 Cool Items for Your Design Workspace.

But, you might want to temper your design impulses with these practical tips on setting up a healthy, usable workspace (courtesy of Lifehacker):

  • Keep things ergonomically-friendly (pay attention to your posture and the position of your computer's keyboard, mouse and monitor)
  • Take regular breaks
  • Keep your desk clutter-free and organized


Need some help with this last tip? Try taking the 3 Steps to a Permanently Clear Desk detailed in a post from zenhabits.

by Carly Fadako

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