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2015-08-31 04:22:18 PM  
My office desk and chair rises through the air and goes upside down. I got it off of eBay from the Motley Crue 1987 tour.
 
2015-08-31 05:39:26 PM  
No bathroom?

Yeah, that won't come back to haunt them.
 
2015-08-31 05:41:41 PM  
Two words:

Workplace violence
 
2015-08-31 05:42:26 PM  
How about my back porch with my lazy-ass dog laying at my feet? Wouldn't seem nearly as much like work as a grey, soulless cubical maze.
 
2015-08-31 05:42:34 PM  
With two lost souls?
 
2015-08-31 05:44:57 PM  
I find the phrase "tube carriage" off-putting for some reason.
 
2015-08-31 05:45:39 PM  
No bathroom? Any large potted plants?
 
2015-08-31 05:48:43 PM  
My usual workplace has a nice desk, a comfy new chair, proper hardware, all the food and drink I can consume, a reasonable view, a personal fan (and air conditioning - I just like moving air) and I don't have anyone looking over my shoulder. It's my home. I like to work there - I get far more done here than in the office, where I have to content with the acoustic hell of an "open floor plan," combined with the fact that I'm the only person at my office that does what I do, so there's little shared experience, really, with which I could relate to others.
 
2015-08-31 05:49:36 PM  
creativity comes from within. You could have the coolest, most super creative workspace and still come up with lame stuff. You have to be relaxed yet focused. Use your mind and think. Comfort probably helps, but some of this stuff just seems over the top for the sake of just being weird or different.

Creativity, you can't force and you shouldn't fight it.

/graphic designer in a grey-walled cubicle.
//instrumental music helps
 
2015-08-31 05:49:59 PM  
"You are part of nature," says Mr. Lenoir of the boat's appeal.
"It's so amazing to feel part of this whole planet, with the tides and the weather and the wind."

LOL no. You are an office that got built in a tree. Kthnx.
 
2015-08-31 05:50:43 PM  
 
2015-08-31 05:51:27 PM  
No.
 
2015-08-31 05:52:46 PM  
No toilets? Just go in the corners.
 
2015-08-31 05:53:25 PM  
Would you be more inspired and creative in an unusual workplace? How about a fishbowl with hard seats and no bathroom?

You said bathroom twice.
 
2015-08-31 05:53:46 PM  

busy chillin': creativity comes from within. You could have the coolest, most super creative workspace and still come up with lame stuff. You have to be relaxed yet focused. Use your mind and think. Comfort probably helps, but some of this stuff just seems over the top for the sake of just being weird or different.

Creativity, you can't force and you shouldn't fight it.

/graphic designer in a grey-walled cubicle.
//instrumental music helps


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Also works on ex-typesetter, of which I am one ...

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... so I look at this one to give me a chuckle.
 
2015-08-31 05:55:53 PM  
I'll take my air-conditioned library and $700 Aeron chair, thanks.

/private school budget
 
2015-08-31 05:57:19 PM  
A fishbowl with hard seats and no bathroom?  It sounds less like an office and more like a German porn shoot.
 
2015-08-31 06:02:45 PM  

brilett: No bathroom?

Yeah, that won't come back to haunt them.


there's an "informal arrangement with the café next door"
 
2015-08-31 06:02:47 PM  
I spend most of my days turning a wrench while standing on a girder 20'-300' in the air.

I was not made to do office work.
 
2015-08-31 06:03:35 PM  
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2015-08-31 06:03:42 PM  
About 30 years ago I worked for a radio station that was owned by an oil company. The company had a multi story building and our offices were on the first floor and walls were glass. It was a fishbowl and the first few days were intimidating. After a week or so, you just plow on.
 
2015-08-31 06:04:52 PM  

Kann: About 30 years ago I worked for a radio station that was owned by an oil company. The company had a multi story building and our offices were on the first floor and walls were glass. It was a fishbowl and the first few days were intimidating. After a week or so, you go stark raving mad.


ftfy
 
2015-08-31 06:08:26 PM  

busy chillin': Creativity, you can't force and you shouldn't fight it.


Like poop, eh?
 
2015-08-31 06:08:49 PM  

busy chillin': creativity comes from within. You could have the coolest, most super creative workspace and still come up with lame stuff. You have to be relaxed yet focused. Use your mind and think. Comfort probably helps, but some of this stuff just seems over the top for the sake of just being weird or different.

Creativity, you can't force and you shouldn't fight it.

/graphic designer in a grey-walled cubicle.
//instrumental music helps


As far as I know, Raymond Loewy worked in regular old offices.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Loewy
 
2015-08-31 06:09:34 PM  
Was working as a radio newsman for a statewide network which was affiliated with am/fm stations. I agree that three people watching was more intimidating than hundreds of thousands listening. Fortunately anchor positions were set in such a way that we could not see outsiders while on air and all they could see of us was profile and back. People would try to crack up D.J.s and hosts when they were on air and that was always an issue.
 
2015-08-31 06:13:04 PM  

fastfxr: With two lost souls?


Year after year.
 
2015-08-31 06:13:36 PM  

busy chillin': Creativity, you can't force and you shouldn't fight it.


Just like poop, which should also be made in silent solitude.
 
2015-08-31 06:17:10 PM  
I'm at my desk right now. There's a nice window 4 feet in front of me. There's a nice window about 4 feet to my left. There's a door going directly outside, two steps from my desk. I have a private fridge, private bathroom, and private phone line. It's almost as good as working from home. I guess I'm as motivated as I'm going to be here.


Now, about this pay scale...
 
2015-08-31 06:20:11 PM  
Sure, if you slide twice as much money into my jackoff booth I guess that's your link.
 
2015-08-31 06:24:13 PM  

El Dudereno: How about my back porch with my lazy-ass dog laying at my feet? Wouldn't seem nearly as much like work as a grey, soulless cubical maze.


The Maze Runner: at home edition.
 
2015-08-31 06:26:59 PM  

fanbladesaresharp: El Dudereno: How about my back porch with my lazy-ass dog laying at my feet? Wouldn't seem nearly as much like work as a grey, soulless cubical maze.

The Maze Runner: at home edition.


"Let's all try to hide from the Grievers at night by crouching down in this dark cornfield ... while carrying torches."

*facepalm*
 
2015-08-31 06:28:10 PM  

FormlessOne: My usual workplace has a nice desk, a comfy new chair, proper hardware, all the food and drink I can consume, a reasonable view, a personal fan (and air conditioning - I just like moving air) and I don't have anyone looking over my shoulder. It's my home. I like to work there - I get far more done here than in the office, where I have to content with the acoustic hell of an "open floor plan," combined with the fact that I'm the only person at my office that does what I do, so there's little shared experience, really, with which I could relate to others.


My job is much the same: open(ish) floor plan, little need for collaboration, no one else in the company does what I do, etc.

I've been here only a year, though, so I'm trying to slowly transition it over to more hours at my home office (with my two purring office assistants) than in the gray, always-too-bright-and-often-too-warm cube.
 
2015-08-31 06:33:39 PM  
FTFA: "Whether it's the constant babble of voices in your open plan office, the strip-lighting, or the claustrophobia of the battery-cage desk formations.

For a lot of us the workplace is really just not a great place to work."


I mourn for the days when the BBC had editorial standards and used the English language properly. That should have been one sentence, not two. Everything before the first period is not capable of standing alone as a sentence, and hence is not a complete sentence.
 
2015-08-31 06:37:37 PM  
Fishbowl + bathroom reminds me of some Japanese fetish porn i accidently stumbled upon once and do not wish to see again...

/There was also a funnel involved
 
2015-08-31 06:42:02 PM  
FTA: "Law of the Seas. Blue spaces are where New York attorney John Lenoir finds his inspiration. The retired federal prosecutor has turned his yacht into an office, complete with view of the Manhattan skyline"

A view of some skyscrapers from your floating office? Yawn.

I usually spend my summers working remotely from my sailboat along the coastlines of Washington and British Columbia. Even with a 24mm wide angle lens, it's impossible to get a sense of scale of the immensity of having this view from your "office."
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/that cliff is 6,300 feet tall.
//3 1/2 times higher than One World Trade
 
2015-08-31 06:44:38 PM  
I'm not sure that some wooden decking suspended 4ft off the ground qualifies as a "treehouse". Nor is it clear to me why anybody would want to rent space in it.
 
2015-08-31 06:44:41 PM  
I hide in a museum's collections storage area most of the week, cataloging and processing historical artifacts, so I am fairly inspired. It is a lot more inspiring than a cubicle.
 
2015-08-31 06:46:40 PM  
Spent time on an aircraft carrier.  Said time included two instances where we plowed through a typhoon while our escort vessels had to go around said typhoon.  fark being close to nature while at work.
 
2015-08-31 06:48:07 PM  
I have a $30 stool, a 10 year old keyboard and a small workstation that's not really big enough for my needs.  That's enough because if I have a hankering to be creative (a daily requirement) I can just grab a notepad and take a quick bike ride a quarter mile away to the college.  There isn't much better way to inspire creative thought than leering at 18 year old titties at the college.

/the joys of working in architecture
 
2015-08-31 06:50:54 PM  

MrSteve007: FTA: "Law of the Seas. Blue spaces are where New York attorney John Lenoir finds his inspiration. The retired federal prosecutor has turned his yacht into an office, complete with view of the Manhattan skyline"

A view of some skyscrapers from your floating office? Yawn.

I usually spend my summers working remotely from my sailboat along the coastlines of Washington and British Columbia.



I love working in NYC and living in this area, but I have to admit that the San Juan Islands is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited.
 
2015-08-31 06:53:52 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: There isn't much better way to inspire creative thought than leering at 18 year old titties at the college.

/the joys of working in architecture


ADMIT IT! ...

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... YOU DESIGNED THIS!!
 
2015-08-31 06:59:13 PM  
I find that I'm most productive when I'm in a rickety Nicaraguan boss with one tire off the cliff and I'm stuffed between a rotting steamer trunk and an old man with a small wooden cage full of chickens.
 
2015-08-31 07:03:00 PM  
That better have some decent aircon. Even in the British summer that would turn into an oven in about 10 minutes flat with people and laptops kicking out heat.

I've worked in an IT fishbowl. The SOC was behind a big window at the back of the open plan office. It was amazing how many server boxes ended up being stored against the windows.
 
2015-08-31 07:04:17 PM  
Exluddite:
I love working in NYC and living in this area, but I have to admit that the San Juan Islands is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited.

The Alaskan panhandle beats it hands down
 
2015-08-31 07:06:41 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: Smeggy Smurf: There isn't much better way to inspire creative thought than leering at 18 year old titties at the college.

/the joys of working in architecture

ADMIT IT! ...

[www.theliberaloc.com image 500x336]

... YOU DESIGNED THIS!!


Nah, that's the work of a structural engineer.  No color, nipples are too big, proportions are all wrong.  It's as though the designer never saw a boob in person.  Typical engineer types
 
2015-08-31 07:08:50 PM  
I work in a creative field (graphic designer) and I also work at an unusual workplace.  One of them quirky online retailers with open space flooring, booze in every fridge, nap pods, a room with musical instruments for people to jam, gender-free bathrooms, etc.  We're currently experimenting with bringing our dogs to work.

Does it make me more creative?  On a sub-conscious level, it probably does.  I was equally if not more productive at more "traditional" environments.  The difference is, I am much happier in this environment, and I believe the quality of my work is much, much higher.  I still get creative blocks around tight deadlines during peak season, and during those times, I do try to find a more "traditional" environment (I'll work at a coffee shop or simply move to a quieter area).
 
2015-08-31 07:12:50 PM  
As a commercial airline pilot one of the perks is the customers are on the other side of a locked door. If one or more of them try to get to my office, odds are the other customers will wrestle, pummel, or simply kill the unruly customer.
 
2015-08-31 07:32:34 PM  

MrSteve007: FTA: "Law of the Seas. Blue spaces are where New York attorney John Lenoir finds his inspiration. The retired federal prosecutor has turned his yacht into an office, complete with view of the Manhattan skyline"

A view of some skyscrapers from your floating office? Yawn.

I usually spend my summers working remotely from my sailboat along the coastlines of Washington and British Columbia. Even with a 24mm wide angle lens, it's impossible to get a sense of scale of the immensity of having this view from your "office."
[scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x566]
/that cliff is 6,300 feet tall.
//3 1/2 times higher than One World Trade


Hmm...Looks like a hard seat, a fishbowl and a bathroom.
 
2015-08-31 07:37:08 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Danger Avoid Death: Smeggy Smurf: There isn't much better way to inspire creative thought than leering at 18 year old titties at the college.

/the joys of working in architecture

ADMIT IT! ...

[www.theliberaloc.com image 500x336]

... YOU DESIGNED THIS!!

Nah, that's the work of a structural engineer.  No color, nipples are too big, proportions are all wrong.  It's as though the designer never saw a boob in person.  Typical engineer types


" No color, nipples are too big, proportions are all wrong".

/I think we all know who hasn't seen many titties and it isn't the engineer. These are glorious storage structures. Maybe not pillowy. But glorious nonetheless.
 
2015-08-31 07:46:11 PM  

itsaidwhat: Hmm...Looks like a hard seat, a fishbowl and a bathroom.

That is a fishbowl we're floating on and there's a head onboard, but the seats have pretty comfy foam cushions. So 2 out of 3.
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/casting off next Monday for a week out on the water
 
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