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January 14, 2004 | View Comments (22) | simpl(e)y thinking

Do you find that the environment that you work in affects how well you work? I mean does your desk affect how well you design or the look of your computer? We have been doing some brainstorming to see how we could improve our environment and make it more "creative friendly". One of the ideas we had was to change the environment every 6 months. Not the physical location of our office, but the way it looked on the interior. Does anyone think this will do any good? Better yet, what kind of stuff do you keep around to help influence your creativity? sundrugstore.com

Personally, I am almost positive a Dual G5 with a 23" Apple LCD will exponentially increase both my productivity and creativity.

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I don't think there are too many things that a Dual G5 with a 23" LCD monitor wouldn't improve upon :)

In all seriousness, I don't think my desk itself inspires creativity, but my action figure collection does, somehow. Moreso than inspiration, I find my surroundings distract me more than anything, with the exception of music that I enjoy.

Posted by: jarrod at January 14, 2004 07:25 PM

Workspace is an issue that many companies almost always overlook. They give you the basics and hope that you'll be creative and productive in your job and simply find inspiration from the work you do.

I recently moved offices (within the same building) and I not only felt like refreshed but now have a whole new approach on my work.

One of my goals or 2004 (at work) is to keep my area creative. I brought in a fridge with juices, no pop, put up a huge canvis painting from a local artist and try to change something every couple weeks. We'll see if I can continue to do this but right now it's really helping.

I'm interested in what others are doing and it would be cool to actually see pictures of various people's offices.

Posted by: Aaron Schaap at January 15, 2004 10:07 AM

We are beginning to add whatever lil trinkets we can find to our desks. Sometimes we just totally clear the desks off to get us in the minimalist mood.

Fridge with only juice is a great idea by the way seeing how we all consume Mountain Dew like we own stock in the company.

One day when we are no longer ashamed of our surroundings we will gladly post some pictures.

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