If the global work from home experiment has taught us anything in the past 18 months, it’s that today’s connected workforce can still thrive outside a traditional office — no matter where you are. But even with this newfound flexibility, young creatives can still find themselves feeling overwhelmed by the increasingly blurred boundaries between work and personal life. Now that our homes have become semi-permanent offices, it can sometimes be difficult to separate ourselves from those obligations, potentially leading to a creative rut or, worse, burnout.
To help adapt our spaces to this new working world, freelance platform Fiverr co-created a collection of office essentials with Brooklyn-based Bi-Rite Studio called “Other Angles.” Each item in the capsule is designed to either enhance your existing space or help stoke creativity while you work — like a convertible drafting desk, idea bounce chair, mood board, bifurcated notepad, reversible desk mirror, and inspiration card deck.
As a true testament to the collective effort such a project requires, the team tapped a handful of global creative freelancers from the Fiverr platform to bring it to life: graphic designer AJ Camara, copywriting expert Gideon Jacobs, packaging designer Mijal Zagier, 3D animator Oli Rae Smith, product catalog designer Esther Oo, and pattern maker Simona Alexa.
Camara worked on the graphic elements for the notepad and inspiration card deck while Jacobs wrote the copy for the cards. Zagier designed the packaging for the notepad and desk mirror and Alexa created the fabric cover pattern for the balance ball chair. Oo created the print catalog of the entire collection and Smith digitally brought each item to life with 3D animations.
“It was important to us that each piece felt innovative, but we also wanted to design an object for each application of creativity,” explained Bi-Rite founder Cat Snodgrass. “For example, the deck of cards presents an intellectual challenge, the balance ball provides a circulatory experience, the desk is adaptable to your changing tasks, the notepad is thought-provoking, etc. Hitting all these marks made the collection feel comprehensive, in that each piece has a unique contribution to the creative freelance experience.”
Get a detailed look at the capsule below and shop the collection now exclusively at the Highsnobiety Shop. All proceeds from the drop will be donated to the Freelancer’s Union, a nonprofit organization helping freelance workers in various industries who were affected by the pandemic.
Wall Mounted Mood Board
Divide your amorphous thoughts and ideas into “right brain” (visual inspiration and metaphors) and “left brain” (technical details, specs, and schedules) with this magnetized mood board in high-contrasting colors. Or, choose your own dichotomy.
You are the muse you’ve been waiting for. This reversible, multi-colored desk mirror shows you new facets of yourself throughout the day.
Don’t underestimate the power of your own chicken scratch. This notepad allows you to easily divide your ideas between words and sketches. Maximum versatility, no matter your creative discipline.
Idea Bounce Chair
People have been sitting on balance balls for a long time to improve stability and strengthen their core while working, but usually, those balls are, well, ugly. This new aesthetically-minded spin on an old classic, covered in a luxurious two-tone neoprene fabric, will literally allow you to bounce your way into a state of creative zen.
Convertible Drafting Desk
The desk is the hero of any workspace, and the actual surface you’re working on might be the most crucial element for your creative productivity. The left side of this convertible drafting desk stays flat for your laptop, while the right side raises up for easy sketching or reading. A bonus: it’s made from recycled plastic in a mesmerizing pattern.
‘Other Angles’ Inspiration Card Deck
Everyone gets stuck. It’s an unavoidable part of the creative process. This deck of cards is full of thoughts, questions, ideas, and prompts that will get you to see your project from a new perspective, allowing you to look at the exact same thing a little differently. That’s almost always the secret to getting unstuck: approaching the problem from other angles.