That's true Drazan. At home I have plenty of nice things to look at but I haven't customised the space at work like that I guess it's because it's not really "mine". I've put a few pictures up of some art I did, but not very much. Mostly the bits of paper on the wall are new rules and regulations for the CTP machine. Hardly inspirational.
it is bland and i find i work a lot better in a creative environment so yes, i do wish it was a bit more like an art school classroom or studio or something
i have 'moved in' and i've got a lot of my stuff around me (like some photos, a pic of a monkey and some cartoons on post-its) but it's the interaction of everyone elses stuff with mine that makes me feel more creative.... and there's not a lot of interaction... everyone else likes to keep their work station sterile.
Overall it's quite bland, all except for a tiny picture of Holly Valance that is stuck behind the monitor. You can't see it unless you slump your head onto the table in a fed up manner. Instant brightness.
Its been proven (somewhere) that your environment is a factor in one's (creative in our case) output, so I do have some pieces about, some are projects that I was particularly pleased with, others are little decorative chatchkis that have inspired me.
For example, I have a Metropolitan Museum of Art bag ceramic pencil holder in front of a classic 1903 crayola box that they released to mark their 100th anniversary. Some other little items I've got:
A little Iron Man three-quarter bust
The Staples "That was Easy!" button...rechristened my destress button
A reproduction of a blue nile river hippo statue from Ancient Egypt
An alabaster heart shaped paper weight
A message board that my oldest kid made
A posable wooden mannequin
A little beanie dobie that sits on top of one of my monitors with a Lance Armstrong "live strong" collar
...among other items.
I've got some nice poster prints that I've also been meaning to frame and put up, but haven't gotten around to it. And of course there's also the matter of the clutter...soooo...much...clutter...
yeah plants are the key to inner peace while designing imho.
my last employer allowed me to have plants on my desk and it felt so much better.. i had a fern, some bamboo and some big odd leafy thing that's not on top of me telly at home.
I don't know, my office is painted a light pea-soup green, and I have "Little Jerry" French action figure poster on my wall, along with a shadow-box of miles davis. I'm still waiting to put my Chicago Jazz fest poster up.
And Ween's "Chocolate & Cheese" is on my desk, so that adds a little excitement to my Tuesday.
mine is rather bland but i do have a few things to make it not so lame. i have these magnetic connect things that are pretty cool. if i need a break i just take them in apart and rework it. a nice way to kill 10 mins and refocus. i also have one of the easy buttons but haven't gotten a chance to use it yet still waiting for that easy job =]
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