Creative Spaces

Sarah Greenwood’s desk – picture taken at the University of the Arts, London. Sarah was Production Designer on the Sherlock Holmes film.

I’ve been reflecting on the last couple of years and my journey through the MICL.  I’ve come to realise that the space in which I work has quite an impact on my creativity and productiveness.  This in turn has an effect on how I feel.

Whilst tussling with essays, reading academic books and organising my thoughts, I’ve moved around the house.  I may start off in my home office, move through to the kitchen table and end up in the lounge on a comfy sofa.  At first, I discipline myself with structure, then I make a coffee and create, then I kick back and review what I’ve written with a cup of tea.  Each seems to take place in a different space.

The climate around these spaces is interesting too.  People, noise, the weather outside and the decor and furnishings in the room all impact on my work.

I’ve also come to realise that I can’t focus in a mess!  Tidying up the workspace prior to starting is crucial.

Here are a few workspaces to look at.  What space suits you?

Alison also writes her own blog – check it out here.


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Currently studying on the new Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership (MICL) at City University London. Co-Founder and Operating Partner at Per Diem innovation and creativity consultancy. BA Hons Drama and English; Dipl Arts Administration. Trained Synectics facilitator of creativity. 20 plus years in marketing communications, performance improvement and business coaching and arts and corporate sector.

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  1. I’ve been thinking quite a lot about spaces as well. My new favourite spot to work on essays is Gail’s cafe in Exmouth market. I can’t deal with silence, so the general hustle and bustle of a coffee shop suits me perfectly when I’m creating. Though not for reviewing. Hmm. Thought provoking blog Alison.


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