New Jersey-based graphic designer Mia Jang shares her home workspace with us. She's the designer behind one of our favorite calendars for 2011 and today she's opened up a glimpse of where she puts them together, alongside where the rest of her family sometimes joins her in their creative endeavors.
How long have you worked from home? And where is home? I'm a designer, full-time mommy and maker. I love taking photographs, love playing and making music. I live in New Jersey, in a small town very close to Manhattan, with my wonderful husband and two beautiful kids. I used work as graphic designer until I concieved my first child back in 2007. I decided to stay home and it all started from there. STORYBYMIA was launched. I've been working with papers at home and I still enjoy it so much.
Describe your style? How would you define your aesthetic? I love everything simple and clean and cute and natural. Nothing complicated.
How do you keep your office organized? I work with my kids around since they aren't in school yet, so it's not easy to keep my office organized as you can imagine. I recently moved my office to living room and new shelving (below) from IKEA really helped. I also make sure kids have enough space so they can play and learn and make crafts with me.
When you were setting up your home office what did you keep in mind? Safety for kids. I design on my computer but my work involves with paper cutter, corner rounder, scissors…not child-friendly thingss. So I tried to have a specific spot to put everything dangerous. And I try to keep everything as neat and organized as possible since our house is tiny and kids are all over the place and I had to make sure nothing gets lost or messed.
Is there any piece of home office furniture you covet? More storage units. or….just bigger house!
What is a desk accessory you can't do without? Post-its and sketchbooks. I love scribbling and doodling and it helps me remember important things and also inspires me for new designs.
What would you change about your own workspace? I wish to have my 'own' office, of course. No kids or husband to mess around…haha but I do love their company. I just want a little bigger space or storage areas. Plus I would love to have more sunlight, it's pretty dark in our living room even in the afternoon.
What do you most love about your space? What I most love about my home office? It has everything I love. My family and my work and food in the refrigerator.
What inspires you? My husband and my kids. Everything they love. Animals and trees and sky and clouds and flowers.