Send me a pic of your design workspace!

Two posts from different feeds have combined to inspire me to ask this question and find out, from those of you out there who do design work, what working environments and workspaces you perform in.

Firstly, I saw this review of a standing desk on Core77. I’m at the beginning of the tiresome process of selling and moving houses and one of the primary reasons for this move is to create a more effective space for a home office. The idea of working at a standing desk has been interesting me for a while.

Secondly, I saw Nathan’s collection of images on FlowingData, showing ‘in the wild’ photos taken by owners of his Visualize This book. In particular, I sat open-mouthed at the workspace that reader Paul has the great fortune to find himself working in (does he really do any work, though, or does he just stare through the window all day?!).

** Update: thanks to Andy Cotgreave for astutely noticing that this is actually a wall of monitors with an attractive desktop image spanning across the view, not an office poised on the edge of the Grand Canyon or the Rockies! **

This pair of posts made me think: I’d love to see where others work.

What sort of interesting places do you find yourself doing your creative visualisation designs? Maybe you have a great view or work in an office with inspiring art and wall hangings? Maybe you have a mega-impressive set up of hardware you want to show off? Perhaps, you work on a beach, a park bench or from a Starbucks?

Whereever and whatever your workplace is, no matter how interesting or unique it is, just snap it and zap it over to me at I’ll upload them onto the blog and try build a collection. It doesn’t matter how non-unique or non-GoogleHQ-ified it is, lets see where the design magic is happening!



Here are the photos readers have sent in to me so far:

1) This comes from Ramiro Aznar, taken in Zaragoza, Spain.

2) I received a number of images from Sebastian Rauer - currently based in Berlin, Germany – “I worked for several media agencys, as a freelancer, the last few years, so I acutally have more than one or two pictures of nice looking workspaces“.

3) This comes from Francesca Cerrato, a designer based in Houston, Texas.

4) This one comes from casa Visualising Data!

5) These images come from Alysia Bennett, all the way from Hobart, Tasmania (first is her office at the Office of the State Architect and second is her home workspace).


Andy CotgreaveAugust 25th, 2011 at 10:12 am

I saw that shot of “Paul’s” workspace and my jaw dropped too. I don’t think it’s a window, though – it looks like a wall of massive monitors running Windows to me. Either way, it’s insane.

Andy KirkAugust 25th, 2011 at 10:17 am

Oh that is a good call sir, you’re right, it looks like monitors. I feel deceived! But still love it…

Enrico BertiniAugust 25th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I love this Andy! Great idea. I’ll try to send you mine.

m-bAugust 25th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

“The idea of working at a standing desk has been interesting me for a while.”

How about a treadmill desk?

Bit expensive though…

RickiAugust 28th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I have been working at one of the desks you can lower and raise for some time and I love it. It is good for circulation. The trick is to get a desk that is only large enough to comfortably hold your computer/monitor and mouse pad (approx. 100×90 cm)and then have a different place for papers etc. If you raise too big a desk(250×90 cm) filled with papers, wires, novelty USB gadgets etc. up to 150 cm it is going to look terrible and distracting. I guess something like

perceived mess = (actual mess * desk area)^(height of desk above 90 cm)

Andy KirkAugust 29th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Thanks m-b and great advice, Ricki, and well played on the desk mathematical formula!

ArnoldsSeptember 1st, 2011 at 11:36 pm

I suggest you ld have a better desk , there are a lot of used furniture online that is refurbished and good as new!