In this first Design Instruct "Show Us Your:" showcase, we gathered a few office snapshots from our staff, authors and friends to give you a candid look at their workspace. May it be inspiration from arts hanging on the walls, information from books and magazines scattered on the floor, or simply the need to be organized for functionality; these photos portray the working environment behind real graphic design and digital art professionals. Share your own workspace photos in the comments!

How would you picture the perfect workspace? Well, if it’s productivity you seek, the Harvard Business Review published that the four things you can do to optimize your workspace are: cut the clutter, keep frequent-use items close, put related items together, and adjust as needed.

But, in the lives of graphic design and digital art professionals, how do these translate to inspiration or piece together in the ever becoming freelancing environment? Take a look below.

Bryan Salva

Location: Cleveland, OH, USA
Website: Bryan Salva

Matthew Berry

Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Website: Matthew Berry Creative

Nikola Lazarevic

Location: Nis, Serbia
Website: webexpedition18

David Peña

Location: Long Beach, CA, USA

JC Parmley

Location: Manila, Philippines
Website: Design Instruct

Christian Bailey

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK
Website: Christian Bailey

Hyungho Tim Lee

Location: New Zealand
Website: Tim-lee (deviantART)

Jan Cavan

Location: Southern California, USA
Website: Dawghouse Design Studio

Callum Chapman

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Website: Circlebox Creative


Location: UK
Website: DesignArticleWriters

Katy Wright

Location: IN, USA
Website: Katy Wright (Coroflot)

I hope you enjoyed these candid photos from the Design Instruct staff, authors and friends.

It’s your turn! Show us your workspace in the comments and discuss what really makes your office work.


JC Parmley is the Associate Editor and Creative Specialist at Design Instruct. Having the background in academic and government web development and design projects, he seeks compliance without sacrificing design. When he isn't bogged down with work, you can find him killing dragons in World of Warcraft and pretending to be a culinary mastermind in the kitchen. You can contact him directly at or follow him on Twitter as @jonnycasino or connect with him on google+ here.