Creative Workspaces: Thinking Outside the Cube

Last Friday was my last day at my corporate job. It was a creative position, but my environment was anything but. Despite views of the Bay, windows were blocked by roller shades to avoid computer glare (by those lucky enough to score a window seat). Fluorescent lighting instead replaced any natural light. Tiny grey cubicles, grey carpeting, and grey concrete floors completed the monotone, uninspiring décor.

This has been one of my biggest gripes about corporate life. The designers (and those who hire them) of these types of office spaces don’t seem to consider the people working in them. Creative people need creative spaces, which is why I envy the offices shown above and pat the backs of employers making design a priority. They use furniture you might choose for your home (including handmade desks at Etsy’s headquarters) and they share the natural light, which has proven to improve work performance.

Take a look and tell us about your workspace: does it inspire or stunt creativity?

1. Oh Joy! Offices
2. Ruby Press Offices
3. Helon Melon Offices
4. Bold Italic Offices
5. RDIO Offices
6. Jung von Matt Offices
7. Etsy Offices

(Image credits: Oh Joy!; The Glitter Guide; Est Magazine; California Home & Design; Geremia Design; CNBC; Ty Cole via Apartment Therapy)