What’s in a desk? A pen and a laptop, with a chair and maybe a mug? On a typical desk, yes of course – however, on a creative’s desk there is so much more. There is inspiration, passion, ideas and sweat. We all can agree that our workstations are anything but a simple desk. They are our friends, our companions – partners in crime – that help us get our ideas into concrete concepts of awesome. We spend more time at our desks then we should, for sure. But where else could we possible be?
I have decided to take a closer look at what it is that makes up a creative’s workstation and my findings are nothing shocking but I think overlooked.
Clean, simple and useful
A creative’s workstation is very clean. There is no clutter; there is nothing there that doesn’t serve a purpose in helping the creative do his thing. Only the key objects that help get the job done are kept around. Or at least so it looks like by the look of the publicly posted online photos. However, even if one’s workstation has been cleaned and tidied up for a photo, it is still well functioning and simple space in order to keep a creative one’s needs flowing free of messy clutter.
Oh, there are just so many toys – by which I mean technological gadgets. There are so many iPads, of all generations, iMacs, Macbooks, iPhones, iPods and a few other cool non-Apple related gizmos. Frankly, I don’t blame anyone for having so many – if they help you do your job have them and use them! Not only are these toys cool, they are also very great in helping to get things done. Without them it would be difficult to get our creative juices flowing; some of them are even a literal tool such as a Wacom tablet without which, again, the work couldn’t happen. But, like I said, so many toys!
Sophisticated and stylish
For some reason all of the workstations looked very upscale and sophisticated, as if a creative’s workstation was better than a typical desk. The truth is, they are better as being creative in any way, shape or form is an amazing thing. Additionally, by default a creative is good at making things look good and work well therefore the workstations look so stylish. What makes one desk be more than a desk is the way one uses it. So, if you use yours to get your creativity out, then I am certain your workstation looks much better too.
The same yet custom
As I’ve looked at the various workstation images posted on blogs, social networks and what not, I have noticed that they are all practically the same. You have a desk, a chair, and a computer. I mean, honestly, what else would there be? However, what I have noticed is that each workstation is customized to the creative by the type of notebook or wallpaper they have, by the way they place and angle their screens and whether or not they drink tea at their desks. Those types of personal touches are truly what make a workstation that of a creative because without them it would be just another desk.
What this analysis has taught me is that the workstation of a creative is a very personal and sacred place where, basically, magic happens. I actually want you to take me seriously when I say this because being a creative is something special that many people don’t experience past their childhood.
Also, one’s workstation is the door to this amazing world where creativity shines and flourishes which is why a good analysis of a creative’s workstation is the first step in knowing how to make the best workstation. Now below is a small collection of awesome workstation from Dribbble. Get inspired and get to work!
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