Your Layout/Workspace!


Im just interested to know every graphic designer has there perfect setup!
Mac, Pencils, Sketchpad! COFFEE!
Most of the stuff to get you through a day of design.
I Just want to know what people like to use to get them through there day, all the way down to
a pencil sharpener!

Get writing!:icon_notworthy:
Most important thing, is a belt. I keep my belt on at all times, because my jeans fall down where I've got colour books, car keys, wallet, phone and a tape measures stashed in my pockets. Rumour has it, that the titanic was actually spotted escaping from those jeans.

Then other things on my list: copious amounts of coffee, food, a job sheet so that I can doodle some sketches and finally, a pencil sharpener. :icon_wink:


Desk = Imac G5 and Packard Bell laptop, printer, scanner, phone, a few pens

''Little Messy Table'' = letraset pens, crayons, felts, scissors, clues, different types of paper, card, paints and any other 'crafty/messy/creative' stuff

Shelves = books, books, books, more books...oohh and 4yrs worth of Computer Arts, folder of bits and bobs of leaflets and stuff that I collect...erm erm...another shelf full of weird stuff...rubix cubes and anything colourful

Walls = Posters of anything weird and/or 'graphicy', and one whole wall dedicated to VW Campervans!!

Is anyone else's setup as weird as mine??!!


Maybe we could upload some photos too? ;)


Have added a pic of my workspace for my day-job.

Don't have a pic of my desk at home for freelancing yet - much messier, so I might not bother :p


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I have my MAC, Scanner, Design Book, paper EVERYWHERE ...all types
and... a beany ZIPPPY, ipod shuffle, a cup of tea...
And an anything wise!! :) clever mailers, shinny things... ha ha
oh, I almost forgot, the trusty To Do List!


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Things i find which get me through the day are the obvious Mac, laptop pc, sketchpad, books for inspiration, pencils, pens, cup of tea, phone and USB stick. Also a very messy desk! but i don't think that helps!


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My desk from left to right:

Deadline chart taped to the desk (with biro sribbles all over it)
Publications Pantone ref chart for the next 12 months taped to the desk (again covered in biro)
A pile of past issues and a media pack
Desk tidy thingy with 6 biros (5 blue 1 black), scissors, paper clips & 2 co-codamol pills
Mac Mini (behind desk tidy)
LG Viewty plugged into the mini (lost the charger)
Process Yellow C Pantone mug (very badly coffee stained)
Small layout pad for doodling ideas
Pad of post-it notes
John Smiths bar runner acting as mouse mat
Some multi purpose wipes
Some more past issues
Some copy waiting forms
And my pencil's fallen on the floor.


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We're all too scared. . . your desk is soooooo tidy. I do have a desk - I'll find it soon and put a photo up.


We're all too scared. . . your desk is soooooo tidy. I do have a desk - I'll find it soon and put a photo up.

Haha, I don't actually work there anymore. New desk isn't too messy either though. I'll try and post a pic of my home (freelance) desk and you'll see I'm just as messy as the rest of you ;)

I just keep tidy at work...



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Let's see....

We have:

3 pantone mugs (one for coffee, one for water and one for wine)
4 former beer cans that have been co-opted as ashtrays
1 2006 eMac that desperately wants to be replaced by a MacBook Pro
1 sound system, including far too big subwoofer
1 wacom bamboo one tablet
1 full length mirror/to do list
2 diaries (personal/work)
1 advent 4211 netbook
materials for the production of roll up cigarettes
1 wobbly stack of photoshop and illustrator manuals
2 wobbly stacks of dvd boxset cases (currently re-watching season one of Dexter)
1 bottle of Hardy's Cabernet Merlot
Mobile phone
assorted unsorted postcards from my last (indeed, first, holiday)
1 photoshop shortcut sheet

And that, my friends, is that.

Edit: one pissed off girlfriend asking when I'm going to stop working for the evening.


Okey, biting the bullet - my home desk where I do my freelance stuff at it's messiest!

Don't judge :p



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Well my home office below where I am most the week is much tidier than my work office....a tidy workspace a tidy mind and all that....:icon_wink: