Home Office Perk No. 11: Company Events and Field Trips

My home office / new graphic design studio has been officially open for business for over six weeks now, so it’s fun to continue to share my home office rules, benefits, perks and incentives that contribute to a better work environment and creative space. The culture of a workplace is so important, so it’s nice to have some say in creating that culture.

Home Office Perk No. 11: Company Events and Field Trips

My graphic design studio will be going on regular and frequent company-sponsored events and field trips for inspiration.

Inspiration for artists, illustrators and designers can be found in all sorts of random places, botanical gardens, art museums, art supply shops, grocery stores and coffee shops to look at packaging, stationery shops and paper boutiques, summer picnics and happy hours.

Here’s a random series of photos I’ve taken over the years to remember color schemes, patterns, flowers or arrangement, fonts, label designs, hand-lettering, sign design, shapes, textures, objects and animals for illustration reference.

bellagio mural

paris statue1

bellagio horse

concept art at Magnolia Baker

Magnolia Bakery red velvet cupcake

museum in NYC

olbrich checkerboard


peacock at the zoo

letterpress letters


It’s a great feeling to expose your senses to new colors, shapes, textures, smells, and sounds. It’s fun to be open to new experiences in unexpected places, especially those that can enhance your ideas and creative skills.

beautiful vendor

sunflower bouquet at market





chalkboard sign


happy hour

cheese wheels at HyVee

cheese shop

coffee burlap sack

Some offices have rules like hours, dress code, music, pets, contests and more, so I’ve made a fun list of rules and benefits for my very own office, but more like concepts or an atmosphere that encourages creativity and individuality. I want the home office to be creative, challenging, fun and open. Stay tuned for more fun rules and benefits!


Click here to see Rule No. 10: Regarding Meetings.

Click here to see Perk No. 9: Pets Are Allowed.

Click here to see Rule No. 8: Take a break.

Click here to see Rule No. 7: Show your work.

Click here to see Rule No. 6: Learn something new each week.

Click here to see Rule No. 5: Music.

Click here to see Rule No. 4: Dress Code.

Click here to see Perk No. 3: Sketching Kits on the house, which is more of a benefit.

Click here to see Perk No. 2: Coffee on the house.

Click here to see Rule No. 1: Fresh cut flowers every week.


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