Why you need a messy desk

According to leading experts, a cluttered working environment is a sure-sign of a cluttered mind. It is a productivity nightmare because whatever your looking for at the moment never seems to be there when you need it, and everything behaves like they are covered in grease.

At this perfect moment, Einstein comes to the rescue! This was the answer he gave when asked about his famously messy desk, word for word. Thats right, from the man himself. While clean, minimalistic workspaces are all the rage now, we might actually be doing ourselves a huge favour by being lazy once in a while, even if it’s just an excuse to clean up after ourselves a little less often. Einstein is just one person you say? Looks like we need ourselves a little more proof:

The key is to strike a balance between einstein’s secret formula to success and being able to actually find things on my desk.  FYI, the featured image is how my desk looks like as I’m writing this post; looks like i still have a long way to go! All of us, either consciously or not, have created a truly unique and dynamic workspace, it always has just the right amount of clutter, yet, when you search hard enough, things would hardly go missing for long. It also changes from season to season, on no two days will your desk look exactly the same, so everytime you come back the next day, it never ceases to surprise you. That can hardly be a bad thing.

It turns out, science can back this up. In a recent study done by Psychologist Kathleen Vohs, from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, one experiment was particular eye opening. Two rooms were set up, one tidy and the other messy. Subjects were randomly chosen to enter the two different rooms and asked to come up with as many possible uses of a ping pong ball within a fixed time limit. You heard me right, PING PONG BALLS. They found that subjects in the tidy room came up with almost identical numbers of interesting uses for ping pong balls, but the people in the messy room were much more creative and perhaps diabolical in their uses.

If you ever find yourself in need of a little creativity boost, why not suppress that little OCD devil within us, and just let nature take its course.  The best were messy, the science checks out and like all those who created fantastic workspaces by their own hand, you never know if you never try right? Who knows, you might just be the next big thing.…

Top Ten Scholarship Opportunities for Interior Design Majors

The fortunes of interior designers typically rise and fall with the economy. Working with architects, interior designers play an important role in the design of a new building, lending their expertise to the project by helping lay out the interior of the building, suggesting the best placement of walls, stairwells, rooms, etc. Other interior designers find work designing the interiors of upscale restaurants, department stores, banks or wherever else their services are needed.

For students pursuing a degree in Interior Design, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) supports the claim that demand for designers is on the rise. As our nation pulls out of its current recession, new building construction and renovation is expected to boom thanks to pent up demand. For those students expecting to complete their studies between 2013-2015, the job outlook for them looks quite good.

While several state and private universities such as Southern Illinois University, SUNY and the University of Wisconsin offer interior design programs, schools whose strong suit for interior design include Brown College, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Design Institute of San Diego. At some schools, tuition, room and board and related fees can run in the tens of thousands of dollars for each academic year. To help prospective students afford these costs, we’ve tracked down some of the top scholarship opportunities for Interior Design majors and have listed them here:

1. American Society of Interior Designers Foundation (ASID) — Open to any undergraduate student of interior design enrolled at a degree granting academic institution.

2. College of Design Scholarships, Iowa State University (IAU) — Working with various foundations, Iowa State University offers several scholarships to design majors each year in the form of tuition credits ranging from $1000-$2000 per academic year.

3. Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) — The Keith Hooks Scholarship is a new award commemorating the life of an accomplished San Francisco interior designer. Junior level CIDA students may apply; $2500 or more is awarded to recipients.

4. Georg Andersen Interior Design Scholarship — Interior design majors enrolled at Central Arkansas University in Conway can apply for a scholarship sponsored by a local business.

5. Indiana University, Bloomington Campus — The Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design awards nearly $70,000 in scholarships annually. Available to enrolled students who are pursuing Bachelor or Master degrees in the appropriate program.

6. International Furnishings and Design Association Educational Foundation (IFDA) — Open to full and part-time enrolled Interior Design majors or a closely related field. Requires recommendation from active IFDA member.

7. International Interior Design Association (IIDA) — The Kimball Office Scholarship fund awards $5,000 to a senior year student pursuing a degree in interior design. Eligible minority applicants are nominated by their schools; additional scholarship opportunities are available through local IIDA chapters.

8. New York School For Interior Design (NYSID) — One of the top schools for Interior Design offers dozens of scholarships, graduate fellowships and assistantships each year.

9. Sandra Graham Shelton Scholarship in Interior Design (Meredith College) — Meredith College, which is a small, private school located in Raleigh, NC awards scholarships to entering freshman majoring in interior design each year. The scholarship recipient is determined on the basis of scholarship and potential for success in the field of interior design.

10. The School of Design at Westwood College — Online school Westwood College has an established Interior Design program which means that students who are enrolled in their program can apply for scholarships worth $2500.

Interior design majors should apply for as many college scholarships as possible to increase their chances of receiving one or more awards. Some scholarships are awarded annually while others are a one-time gift. When applying, make certain you follow application instructions precisely and submit your application in advance of the deadline date.…