Natural Light Designer Workspaces

Natural Light Workspaces

One of the main contributors in deciding if a person has good or bad productivity is the environment in which they work. A persons work environment can include one of many things like the people they work with or the location of their work (cubicle, outdoors, windowless room, corner office etc.). While in most cases some of us have no control over either of these factors, there are a lucky few of us who do.

Most freelancers create their own work environment, whether that be renting an office somewhere, going to a local coffee shop to work, or in most cases just working from home. No matter where you choose to work, one major thing you should consider when picking a place to work is the natural lighting.

Why is natural light important? Well in short, we are humans, we weren’t meant to be confined inside the walls of a cubicle and shut off from the outside world. We need natural light to live and to keep our minds from exploding.

Researchers at the Interdepartmental Neuroscience program at Northwestern University in Chicago, reported that the impact of working in a windowless environment is a universal phenomenon.

The study took 49 day shift office workers, 27 in workplaces with no natural light or windows and 22 in workplaces with windows and natural light. They used the Short Form-36 (SF-36) to measure health related quality of life, and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)to evaluate sleep quality.

The study revealed that people who worked in offices with natural light received 173 percent more natural light exposure than those without windows or natural light in their office. The study also concluded that people who work in offices with windows (ie: natural light) got 46 more minutes of sleep per night over people working in offices with no windows and had better scores on measures for sleep quality, sleep disturbances and daytime sleepiness.

People working in offices without natural light also scored lower on measures like physical problems. The study’s lead author, Ivy Cheung, said that: “A sunny day is equivalent to about 10,000 lux or higher of light. Indoor office lighting typically provides only about 300 to 500 lux. Light levels needed to maintain healthy circadian rhythm are higher than those required to see well, which are levels typically used indoors.”

Working in environments with no natural light is bad for our health. I can vouch for this first hand, I worked in an office that had no natural light, just florescent’s. I felt trapped, constantly tired no matter how much sleep I got, and depressed. As soon as I would get off work I would go home and go straight to bed; I did not feel like doing anything. It not only had an impact on me while I was at work, but it affected me during my off time as well.

After about a month of this, the company I was working for moved offices to an open floor plan co-working space with a wall of windows. After this move I began to feel more energized, I woke up and was ready for work everyday, plus I could see the outdoors! I am an outdoors person, so picking a career as a web developer wasn’t the smartest choice (but hey, I like it), but to be able to see outside and work in natural light is something that helps me get through the day.

With all the research and facts behind us now, lets move on to the fun part, the showcase of designer workspaces that utilize natural light. Included with each workspace image is a little tid bit about the workspace owner. Hopefully these workspaces will inspire you to move your desk in front of a window and begin enjoying the benefits of working under natural light.

1. Maxime De Greve

Maxime is a 24 year old Belgian UI/UX designer currently working as lead UI/UX designer at citysocializer in London, UK.

Maxime De Greve Workspace

2. Irving Briscoe

Irving is a designer and interactive developer who runs a little studio called von91 based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are his favorite design apps and his text editor of choice is Textmate.

Irving Briscoe Workspace

3. Martin Wright

Martin is a web designer with over 10 years experience based out of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK. He currently works at mySociety as a designer on their own in-house products and projects for citizens and democratic groups around the world.

Martin Wright Workspace

4. David Hellmann

David is an art director , designer, and frontend developer living in Cologne, Germany where he’s been since 2007. David currently works as Art Director at Fork.

David Hellman Workspace

5. Yegor Trukhin

Yegor, currently residing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is the owner and general manager of Cosmius.me. His focus is in web design, UI/UX, and art direction.

Yegor Trukhin Workspace

6. Johnny Copperstone

Johnny is a front-end and back-end developer coming from an object oriented programming background based out of Malta (Europe). Johnny focuses on functional design and standards based ethics when he codes.

Johnny Copperstone Workspace

7. Grégoire Vella

Gregoire is a French user interface designer currently based in Bristol, UK. Greg designs UI for web and mobile products and enjoys bringing designs to life via front end development. Gregoire also works on branding an enjoys drawing icons in his free time.

Grégoire Vella Workspace

8. I*AM Design

I*AM is a creative agency based out of Augsburg, Germany that deals with corporate design, brand development, web design, advertising and print media.

I*AM Design Workspace

9. Adam Roney

Adam is a designer and art director from the Midwest currently residing in Valparaiso, Indiana.  After five years of leading a team of designers producing work for major brands within the beer industry, Adam left to open his own studio and pursue new clients.

Adam Roney Workspace

10. Mike Clarke

Mike is a photographer, mobile and web UI designer from Toronto, Canada. Mike is founder of YYZ Design, a media house based out of Toronto and San Francisco.

Mike Clarke Workspace

11. Michela Tannoia

Michela is a freelance web and UX/UI designer based in London, UK. Her passions include the best designs, photos, movies with big bad robots, cooking super cool dishes and the Sausage dogs.

Michela Tannoia Workspace

12. Istraille

Istraille is a multi-cap artist who splits his time between freelance art director, illustrator, and painter. Istraille does everything from graphic design and painting to web design and illustration.

Istraille Estebe Workspace

13. Per Vestman

Per Vestman Workspace

14. Kenneth Jensen

Kenneth is a concept, UX, UI, graphic designer with a passion for music, food and interior design. Kenneth is currently working at ajukreizi located in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kenneth Jensen Workspace

15. Kevin John Gomez

Kevin is a designer and developer based out of Buffalo, New York who runs Fancy Labs, a creative design and development studio.

Kevin John Gomez Workspace

16. Ben Lew

Ben, currently residing in Colorado Springs, Colorado,  is co-founder and designer at Pi’ikea St. Ben does app design, web design, logos, and illustration.

Ben Lew Workspace

Ben Lew Workspace

17. Erika van der Bent

Erika is a freelance designer and co-founder of GeeftVorm from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Erika specializes in interfaces for the web, iPhone and iPad, creative website design, interactive experiences and branding.

Erika van der Bent Workspace

18. Mpumelelo Macu

Mpumelelo is a web designer and photographer from Johannesburg, currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. Mpumelelo has worked with well know clients such as Miller and RedBull.

Mpumelelo Macu Workspace

19. Shane Helm

Shane is based out of Nashville, Tennessee and is the Design Director for Engage, an ad agency out of Washington DC. Shane has worked with major companies such as ESPN and Pepperdine University.

Shane Helm Workspace

20. Andy Stone

Andy is an art director and freelance designer in Boulder, Colorado specializing in user interfaces on web and iPhone apps. Andy has worked with top clients such as Adobe and Jack Johnson and also likes to write articles on design for fun.

Andy Stone Workspace

21. Oykun Yilmaz

Oykun is a self taught designer from London who specializes in user interface design. Oykun has been designing for web, mobile, desktop applications for over 10 years.

Oykun Yilmaz Workspace

22. Rasmus Landgreen

Rasmus is a Copenhagen based web and UX designer who works with the manly bunch at Issuu.com

Rasmus Landgreen Workspace

23. Timothy Achumba

Timothy is a British user interface and user interaction designer who works at 6Wunderkinder in Berlin, Germany. Timothy is also a writer at HearHearNL.

Timothy Achumba Workspace

24. Agata Krych

Agata is a 30 year old graphic designer from Poland. Her passions include designing and singing.

Agata Krych Workspace

25. Owen Jones

Owen is owner of Owen Jones Design, a UK based independent studio offering a wide range of graphic design services with a specialty in logo and identity design.

Owen Jones Workspace

Owen Jones Workspace

Owen Jones Workspace

26. Martin LeBlanc Eigtved

Martin is a developer and designer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Martin is also the CEO of the Danish startup IconFinder which is essentially a search engine and marketplace for icons.

Nick Bruun of Icon Finder Workspace

27. Focus Lab

Focus Lab is a web development & graphic design agency with a focus on ExpressionEngine & branding founded by Erik Reagan and Bill Kenney.

Focus Lab Workspace

Focus Lab Workspace

Focus Lab Workspace

28. Nicolas Prieto

Nicolas is a freelance Designer living in Argentina who specializes in branding, graphic and web design.

Nicolas Prieto Workspace

Nicolas Prieto Workspace

29. Daniel Waldron

Daniel is a product designer and photographer based in San Fransico, California. Daniel works at Omada Health, a technology-driven and human-centered health and wellness solution company.

Daniel Waldron Workspace

30. Garrett Gee

Garrett is a designer from Provo, Utah and founder of Scan, a company him and two classmates started while a Freshman at BYU.

Garrett Gee Workspace

31. George Bokhua

George is an art director based out of Tbilisi, Georgia with a focus on branding, graphic design, and illustration.

George Bokhua Workspace

11 thoughts on “Natural Light Workspaces

  1. Medialoot

    I love these workspaces, especially Yegor Trukhin’s. A lot of designer workspaces are lacking color (mine included), so this was a nice surprise. I’m glad to hear that your move from a fluorescent-lit office into a naturally-lit workplace did you immediate good. Natural light is so important to happiness and balance… I say as I gaze out my picture window!

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  2. Istraille

    Thanks very much for this article. It’s very interesting to see other worspace. It gives ideas… Thanks for add my worspace.

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