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You Need Some Space. No, Really.

Whether you work in an office or at home, the design of your workplace influences your productivity. As expressed in the Harvard Business Review article, “Employees Perform Better When They Can Control Their Space” by Diane Hoskins, “an optimal physical environment can serve as a foundation for an effective workforce.”

By taking this into consideration, it is essential to note that a clean, simple, and thoughtful workplace can positively enhance concentration and high performance for graphic designers and other creative professionals.

For instance, using colors wisely can assist in boosting mental energy and mood. The color blue, for example, has been proven to result in increased productivity and clear, creative thinking.

In addition, natural lighting has a significant impact in the workplace. Poor lighting can lead to eye straining, headaches, low mood, and a lack of concentration. In contrast, proper lighting may encourage energy and awareness.

Moreover, keeping clutter to a minimum will serve as a helping hand to avoid distractions. Messy desks can become visually bothersome to many; however, tidier desks can help individuals reduce more stress and avoid wasting additional time.

Ultimately, these strategies are important for creatives to make a more comfortable, healthier, and happier work environment.


  1. Nicole Judge wrote:

    This is a really good idea for someone like me who is easily distracted. If I work in my room, I always have to make sure it is clean & bright enough or I won’t be able to focus.

    Friday, November 3, 2017 at 5:38 am | Permalink
  2. Evan Milowic wrote:

    I was just looking at infographics showing different classroom set-ups to stimulate different learning environments. There were more grid-like traditional layouts for test taking, and then there were more group-based layouts containing group tables to stimulate group thinking and peer interaction.

    The same applies to work environments!

    Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:48 am | Permalink