Desk setups that maximize productivity: Part 2

If your job requires you to sit at a desk, you probably spend more waking hours at that desk each day than you do in your own home (or in any other part of your home, if that’s where you work from). If you love your job, this may not seem like such a bad thing, but it’s still worth maximizing your small space for ultimate productivity. Check out this Part 1 of our desk setup series to get you inspired!

Home office setup by Naufal Zuhdi

Michael Soledad shares his desk setup for productivity 

Sneaker Dreams by Edmonton Photographer and Justin Tse 

Pegboard office setup by Tomek Koszyk

Classy workspace that utilizes its surroundings by thedesigner2011 

Shared workspace goals by Valezrina

Travel Bloggers setup by Sam Ciurdar 

Editor’s setup found via Artlist 

Walking Workspace found via iSetups

Minimal dark grey setup by Nikolay of Beauty of Technology 

Gaming Room setup found via Desktop Wars 

Vertical screens rule this desk setup by Milad Atefi

Just rotate this unbelievably simple world-clock and it shifts time zones!

This Lexus Design Award winning clock goes to show that sometimes the solution to a problem can be just oh-so-simple. Ditching the idea that you need to have multiple clocks to tell the time in different time zones, Masafumi Ishikawa’s World Clock is just ridiculously simple. The clock comes with a dodecagonal (12-sided) form, and just an hour hand. Each face of the dodecagon has the name of a famous city, corresponding to a time zone, on it. Just face the city’s name up and the hour hand tells you what time it is there (you’d probably have to use your common sense to tell if it’s am or pm). The only catch is that the World Clock doesn’t work with daylight-saving time, given that not all countries follow the practice of turning their clocks back and forth.

As the hour hand rotates on an axis, the world clock’s form was designed to be rotated and placed on a surface. Change what face it rests on, and the hour hand points somewhere else. Ishikawa uses this rather simple fact to turn a regular clock into a world clock! Give it a try, you can turn your table clocks into world clocks too!

Designer: Masafumi Ishikawa

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The Intermodality writing desk was inspired by the beauty of a grand piano

Inspired by the prominent role and place of grand pianos in homes, the Intermodality desk is just as grand. With a design that follows the cues of the large instrument, the desk comes with a similar shape, size, and even features a large lid that opens sideways, like in a grand piano. Standing on three legs, like the musical instrument, the Intermodality desk is crafted from antiqued plywood, and features copper trimmings near the handles and at the base of the legs, adding a touch of finesse to the desk’s grand design.

The desk comes with five drawers on the front, ample writing space on top, and an additional four storage cabinets at the back, under the lid. The plywood’s 2D nature results in the desk having a chamfered, low-poly origami-esque design rather than curves like a wooden piano. This immediately gives it a sense of differentiation, making it look instantly recognizable but also unique at the same time!

The Intermodality Desk is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2019.

Designer: Attila Stromajer

Gadgets and products designed to organize your workspace and amplify productivity

With work-life balance literally hanging in the balance of our daily life, productivity is the key to attaining your work goals. Research from Warwick University indicates that people are more productive when they’re happy, specifically, 12% more productive. So it seems logical that we should devote some time to making our workspace work for us! How do we do that? Some simple tips are to be organized, clean and utilize gadgets (say noise-canceling headphones) to optimize the space around you, which is exactly what our curated collection of products aim to achieve. So go ahead and optimize your space and maximize your productivity!

The Retro Compact Keyboard by Azio Corp 

4WCDB Charging Drawer by Rev-A-Shelf

The EXOvault Mouse by Jonathan Schipper & EXOvault 

Levimoon is a levitating moon-like orb that can float, rotate, and even light up in mid-air by Coocepts 

The MX Vertical mouse tilts at an angle of 57° off the horizontal plane that is your table, feeling halfway between a mouse and a joystick by Logitech 

The DuoFlip opens in two ways, one like a traditional laptop with a backward hinge, and another, like a book with a hinge on the side by Compal Electronics 

The Intel Honeycomb Glacier is Intel’s vision for the direction for gaming laptops of the future. It features not one, but two hinges, and not one, but two displays 

The Desk Collection by Grovemade 

The Clamp Basket by Seungwan Kang & Seonhee Shin of Kyungnam College of Information & Technology 

NIOXSMN, a conceptual device that ingeniously combines three essential desk-top items, the desk light, multi-socket, and phone charger, into one sleek and space-saving product by Engyang Zhu

You can pull this magnetic keyboard’s two halves apart for easy under-the-key cleaning

Do you know what the dirtiest place on earth is? No, it isn’t some landfill in some underdeveloped country, it’s right under your fingers. Keyboards, over time, become so dirty, they might as well be the dirtiest places on earth. Hair, skin cells, food crumbs, dust, dead insects, oil, snot, these are just some of the things that get trapped under your keys, and almost never ever get cleaned… because cleaning between keys is just one of those annoyingly difficult things to do. I wouldn’t blame you for the lack of trying, but it isn’t easy cleaning the stuff that falls between the keys of your keyboard.

That’s why there’s Jung Min Kim’s Magnetic Keyboard comes in. Designed for easy cleaning, the Magnetic Keyboard can be pulled apart in two and wiped, scrubbed, or even washed under running water. Rather than relying on mechanical action, Jung Min Kim’s keyboard design uses magnetic repulsion to provide the springy-ness of the keys. The top half contains the keyboard’s upper frame, with the keys built in, while the bottom half has the circuit-board housed in a water-tight body, with magnetic heads on its upper surface. Clip both pieces together and you have a fully functional keyboard with an unusual spring action (I assume there won’t be any clickety-clack feedback), but more importantly, you have a keyboard you can pull apart occasionally and wipe down with a piece of cloth. Why? Because you’re a hygienic person… that’s why.

Designer: Jung Min Kim

Showcase your markers in a compact design that keeps you organized

I can’t honestly grasp how I don’t have this in my workspace already. Just a simple tinted transparent acrylic cube, the Fume acts as a rather beautiful pen-stand for your alcohol markers (something designers swear by). Its design doesn’t just have them laid out in an interesting format, it even allows you to segregate them by hue into three zones… One for color, one for warm grays, and one for cool grays. Love!

Designer: Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis

“Through its rotating feature, one can reach every marker pen easily and pull them out to use. After using the pen, it can be placed back to a desired outlet by either vertically or horizontally. Being a package at the same time, the stand can restore 40 marker pens at a time,” Gürsu told Yanko Design.

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