Last week, Shawn Blanc wrote a piece on thinking through what your ideal creative workspace would look like. In addition to giving you something to dream about and work towards, Shawn pointed out that outlining what your ideal space would be like also can help you find ways to make your current workspace more like your dream-one.
I took the last couple days to ponder that question myself, and yesterday found the time to sit down for a bit and write out my own list of what my ideal creative space would be like. I thought it might be fun to share, and I hope that other people will think about or share their ideas based off Shawn's piece as well.
Anyways, on to what my ideal space would look like, here's my list:
- To start off, It would be a coworking space located in the second floor of a small city street-front. The town would be bustling and full of people doing things, but not be too loud. The town would also be surrounded by nature, and you'd be able to have a beautiful view from the second-story space.
- The first floor of the building would be a little coffee shop with excellent coffee. I'd like to be able to work at the coffee shop sometimes myself or just step behind the counter and pull myself a shot of espresso, in addition to enjoying the company of others and the bustle of people's days.
- Upstairs again, the coworking space would be dominated with white walls, big windows for natural light, and natural wood floors; all accented with light (possibly pastel?) colors. There would be comfortable but sparse furnishing, to let people relax but still have it appear clean and good. The ceilings would be the old tin kind that you can still find in little street-fronts some places, and is like to leave them whatever color they were originally.
- As far as working in the space, there would be a main collaborative table-space as well as smaller desks off in corners and along the wall where individuals could work on their efforts alone. All throughout the desks would be tall enough to stand at if you wanted, each one accompanied by a high-stool for if you wanted to sit instead.
- On the floor you'd find color-coded lines that would help you find things you were looking for. Bathrooms, the kitchenette, the photo area or the exit, etc. One of the colors would denote a "track" which one could pace around whilst reading or thinking as well - gotta stay active.
- The whole space would be inherently photogenic and would work well for product shots on it's own, but I think there'd also be a small white backdrop area - naturally lit of course - that could help shots be even better if you were aiming for that professional look.
- It almost goes without saying, but of course the place would have fast internet. I don't really care how fast or from what company, but just fast enough that I'd never have to think or worry about it.
- The second-story coworking space would be open 24/7, and at night there would be pleasant, slightly dim lighting to take the place of the daytime's natural solution.
After finishing up writing my list, I was left with a prevailing thought: I got this impression from Shawn's piece as well, but especially when thinking through my own space it was really apparent that a list like this can say a lot about you as a person, as a creative, and about where you are in life.
Right now I work at a coffee shop and spend a lot of my time there even when I'm not working as a barista, and I realized once I started thinking about my ideal workspace that if I didn't have that in my life I would miss making pourovers and espresso drinks, getting to work alongside other interesting people, and interact with regulars while getting to know them. I found it a little funny that I'd want to keep the job that I have right now - in high school - a part of my life, but the more I think about it the more I realize that it's not really all that far fetched. It's not funny, it's just me, and if I was going to have a co-working space - it sure as heck would have a coffee shop.
I doubt that realization will come across as much to a reader, but it helped me appreciate that I already have a big part of my dream-space in my life today, and that if I were to work at or open a coworking-space-slash-coffee-shop in the future, it might not be a half bad idea.
I hope any of you reading this get the chance to think through Shawn's question for yourself. I don't know if it'll prompt the same thoughts in you that it did for me, but based on the lesson that Shawn took away from it and the little realization it prompted from me, I'd say it's a good little excercise to try running yourself through.