My first serious job out of college was working for The New Yorker magazine. Looking back it was a real education on how your work environment can set the stage for how you think. The whole office was not only cutting edge in terms of environmental controls but the architecture was sleek modern and powerful. The moment you walked into the building you knew that what you were doing was important.
But more importantly, once you were in the magazine's offices you felt creative. Why? Because the walls were filled with old framed cartoon clippings...and the digital lab which I worked with on a regular basis was often filled with art that they were photographing for the cover. In addition, everyone had a big screen Mac and a Herman Miller chair....and a spacious cubicle. When you sat down you felt prepared to do your job.
To say the least, it was very inspiring...not only for my creative juices but in terms of realizing that I was part of something bigger than me.Read More