After sharing a bit about myself in my very first blog post on the new site, I thought it would be good to show you where I work…
Anyone that works from home will tell you that it is really important to have a dedicated workspace in the house. When you are a designer, that space has the added task of being a fun and inspiring place to work in to get the creative juices flowing. Luckily, my wife and I got to spend some time focussing on our joint workspace. We took our time getting it just right for the both of us. I’m glad we did, as it has made a huge difference to our levels of productivity & creativity.
For me it’s important to engross myself in what I love and what inspires me most. I’ve surrounded myself with books, artwork and figures that offer sparks of inspiration. They all also act as prompts to keep creative. My half of the workspace has become a shrine to the things that feed my creative inner child.
I am a massive geek!
A lot of what I have around me isn’t for everyone. However, I think it’s important that you find out what you love and what inspires you and then surround yourself with it. I grew up in the late 80s and early 90s loving comics and cartoons. They became a huge influence on who I have become and what I do. The room is full of characters from Marvel, Star Wars and other awesome stuff from my childhood, and it’s great! It gives me that sense of fun and the spark that I need to get creative and want to work. I even have a little sofa to read comics on, along with other “more serious” reading material obviously.
Organisation isn’t necessarily my strong point. After re-arranging our workspace though, it is clear to me how beneficial it is to have a place for everything as well as keeping things easily accessible. With what I do, there is a lot of equipment that often gets spread out all over the place. It’s great to have the space to do that and a place for everything to go when the painting and drawing is all done.
I’m now always excited to be in my workspace. I’m proud of how it has turned out (yes, even with all of the toys). So go and get creative with your own workspace, you deserve it!