Being a designer means knowing what kinds of colors, fonts and spacing will look good in a printed piece. The best designers out there know how to invert the old form follows function paradigm to give viewers something new or unexpected.
Why not let those playful design sensibilities inform your workspace a little bit? Here's a roundup of a fun desk accessories that are useful, a bit playful and also very well designed. Some of these items would make great holiday gifts for friends and colleagues!
Quirky, but useful. Stand your iTouch, Droid or iPhone up on your desk, so you can easily see incoming calls, play music or watch videos. The iPlunge Stand is on sale at Urban Outfitters online: www.urbanoutfitters.com.
Swingline Business Stapler
This stapler was made famous by Milton in the movie "Office Space," who says in his rant against his fictional employer Initech, "... They switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler, and it's not OK because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire ..." Why not get a Swingline of your own? Available for purchase at CB2 online: www.cb2.com.
Stendig 2011 Wall Calendar
This mod, crisp calendar is from Crate and Barrel, and it's based on a 1966 calendar design by Massimo Vignelli. For the be-spectacled folks out there, if you hang this calendar on the wall, you'll still be able to see it from your desk! Available through Crate and Barrel's online store: www.crateandbarrel.com.
Laptop Cool Feet
A streamlined design for a very useful item. These Cool Feet suction onto the bottom of your laptop to keep it from overheating. It also puts your keyboard at a more ergonomic angle and the next time you spill coffee all over the desk (a weekly occurrence for me) there will be no need to panic, as the liquid will flow harmlessly underneath the laptop. The Laptop Cool Feet are available for purchase at the Moma Store online: www.momastore.org.
Regular old Post-it notes can junk up your desk or workspace really quickly. Here's a sleeker version of the useful sticky note, put out by Muji. These little guys come in a set of 10, and give you just enough space to mark a page and make a few notes. Available for sale at Muji's online store: www.muji.us/store.
Brada Laptop Stand
This new Ikea product is great for freelancers who want to take a break and work on the couch, or for those who work in a cool office that houses a lounge for workers to relax in. With a laptop stand link this, the laptop will stay nice and cool and the user will be able to type in an ergonmoically correct position. Available at Ikea online: www.ikea.com.