Workspaces of the 99designs community

Alex Bigman

We asked you all to show us your workspaces — the places where the design magic happens.

The outpouring of responses we received was awesome: from lawns in England to hotel terraces in Southeast Asia; from baby crib-cum-desks to pro DJ stations; from the immaculately clean to the cozy and exploded, these make for a fascinating portrait of our respective day-to-days and the environments from which we draw inspiration.

Take a peek inside!

“On the sunnier days, a trip with the dual screens out of the gloom and into the bloom always make the work fly on. Chipped through a watermelon and some Pimms = the best office.”

– From Wadebridge, Cornwall, England.

“Since my monitor tube is broken, I’m using LCD TV 32 to work, which is not ideal. I intend to buy a computer monitor, size 23 -27 inch, if the budget is enough. 🙂 Wish me luck!”

– From Temanggung, Indonesia

“Simple and minimalist :)”

– From Indonesia

“Not really a special place, but everything I need is close by.”

– From Yogyakarta, Indonesia

“My Dark Side of The Moon. 🙂 I love working at night.”

– From Poland

“My corner space… :D”

– From Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia

“The creative room in our loft office. You’re too small? Use the step ladder.”

– From Frankfurt, Germany

“Since our baby was born, I have had no time to work at my desk. And when we see that she doesn’t want to sleep in her own bed, I’ll set up there. So I got some unexpected utility in buying that baby’s bed. :D”

– From Indonesia

“My work is supported by the natural air. I’m used to working while watching television, listening to music. If I feel tired, I sleep in a chair beside me. :)”

– From Bali, Indonesia

“Clean and simple is how I like to work. :)”

– From Stanhope, New Jersey, USA

“I work from my room. This is where I think up all my ideas and apply them to my projects. First, I do research to gather some ideas on which direction to take when starting the project. I draw up ideas and out of 2 or 3, select the 1 that works. Then I start designing. :)”

– From South Africa

“I’m usually working on one of the laptops. Both of them are connected to the middle monitor via VGA switcher so I can use it for either of them. Middle monitor is for designing while the laptop I use only for layers and brushes. For drawing, Wacom bamboo pen & touch. Other stuff is just for DJing!”

– From Hat Yai, Thailand

“In this small room — 2 x 2 meters — I spent a lot of time, exploring anything and everything and developing my skill to join 99designs contests.

“I’ve been here almost 3 years. In front of me I have a whiteboard to write a list of ‘what I have to do,’ and in front of the window there is a printer. I love working in here, even though it looks small. I can reach the world from this small room.”

– From Jakarta, Indonesia

“Small, quiet place.”

– From Subotica, Serbia.

“This is my small workspace :)”

– From Yogyakarta, Indonesia

“My workspace is a home office. I usually start with a cup of coffee and a pack of cigarettes and turn on music. Sometimes, I use the scanner to scan in my sketched concepts for logo or illustration.

“Sometimes, I go ahead and use my bamboo pen when suddenly the idea comes right to my mind. 🙂 I am also an architect so I use a laptop to render my 3D architecture designs.”

– From Lumajang, Indonesia

“Nothing special. A little bit of a mess.”

– From Tallinn, Estonia.

“Home work space: where I do my research, reading and graphic design.”

– From Newark, New Jersey, USA.

“My workspace is ever changing… adding elements and taking them away. My work space is in a corner of my living room and is available whenever I get the urge to create. I could have cleaned my workspace before taking the picture, but thought I would keep it real.”

– From Canada

– From Indonesia

“I love my workspace because I can work, play the FPS game (online), watch cable TV and listen to loud music… my playground indeed!”

– From Jakarta, Indonesia

“What’s up 99D! I want to show you my mini workspace. All in one concept: graphic designer, gamer and drummer. :)”

– From Denpasar, Indonesia

– From Belgrade, Serbia

“Hi there! For the last few months I have been traveling in Southeast Asia. While traveling, I am also working a bit — working on some designs for my clients and also entering contests once in a while.

Since I am on the go, I am working from my laptop and at the moment I don’t really have a real studio. Each hotel or guest house room that I take is my temporary studio for a few days. I have to say that I have been working at some very weird places and some amazing places lately.

This photo is from my guest house garden at Pai, Thailand. Without a doubt one of the prettiest and uncomfortable places I’ve ever worked. :)”

– From Pai, Thailand

Have to say, we’re pretty jealous! Which are your favorite setups?

The author

Alex Bigman
Alex Bigman

Alex contributes from New York City on topics ranging from branding and typography to the history of design.

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