Let’s face it, even for those who really love their office job sitting behind a plain, bare desk all day can get a little gloomy and impact not just your mood, but your productivity too. As modern human beings we crave excitement and something to spice up an otherwise run of the mill day, but that excitement doesn’t have to be a whole new office design (although it does help, as Kelli Cooper explains here) or brand new computer monitor, it can be something quirky and creative that’s small enough to sit on your desk for when you need a bit of functional cheer or motivation.
Below is a roundup of five fantastic items that are sure to do just that.
It’s surprising what a difference a characterful mouse can make to your desk, especially one that’s as well designed as the Arc Mouse.
It might look futuristic, but it’s make up is actually quite simple – designed to fit comfortably in your hand and give you the freedom to use it up to 30 feet away from your computer, it’s the perfect addition to the desks of a busy office. It even folds neatly away to fit into tightly packed drawers and free up more space on your workstation should you need it.
Sometimes all you need to do to spice up your office desk is inject an element of fun, as this business card holder from Artori Design illustrates.
As well as incorporating a normal business card compartment to keep them stored neatly in one place, there are two amusing presentation slots that turn your cards into something more akin to burlesque set pieces. It’s sure to make you chuckle whenever you glance over at it.
If there’s one way to liven up your desk without having to expend too much effort or too much money, it’s with a lovely bunch of flowers. However, when you’re voraciously typing away or running madly round the office on a busy day there are usually more important things to tend to than your poor plants. This is where the USB flower pot comes in.
The flowerpot acts as a normal receptacle for a small plant but can be connected to your PC using a USB cable, a power source that helps the pot let you know when your bloom needs more water or sunlight. Your desk will never be populated by wilting flora again.
Although purely ornamental, if a Dali-esque melting clock isn’t creative enough to spice up your office desk then I don’t know what is.
As well as making your working area look a bit more exciting and providing a unique alternative to generic clocks, this Urban Outfitters piece is a surefire conversation starter that could potentially help you get to know your colleagues that little bit better.
One for the gadget bunnies among us, Karotz is an adorable way to both spice up your desk and make work a whole lot more fun, or even more efficient in the process.
As well as keeping you amused with his waggling ears and flashing colours Karotz can provide webcam and video capabilities, keep track of your social media accounts, give you a weather report, send and receive emails, monitor your RSS feeds and more! Not to mention he’s really darned cute.
You see, it isn’t hard to spice up an otherwise boring office desk and provide a creative focal point that’ll both brighten up your day and pique conversation.
Have you come across something that would spice up an office desk, or do you already have a gadget on your desk that deserves a place in the roundup? If so, let us all know in the comments!
Article by Victoria Crawcour
Victoria Crawcour lives and breaths all things creative and design related. She can be found making best use of her creative skills as an interior designer at Desk Centre - office interior design and refurbishment specialists.