When placing photographs on one's desk, do you recommend a certain
number of photographs or an ideal size and type of frame? My goal
is to create more of a "work" atmosphere than a "home" atmosphere.
always thought my desk was an ideal place for photographs. Delightful
sterling silver frames add a touch of whimsy to my work area and
demonstrate once again that there will always be a place for engraving
in the modern office. Since I use my computer very little, I like
to put photos on my keyboard and monitor as well.
so handy when friends ask who that fabulous young man was that they
saw me with last week, and I can just show them the picture and
ask for their suggestions. After a few days my People have to remind
me of the names, but I have enough new photos by midweek that I
can start over.
silver suits contemporary office decor beautifully, but you might
also try wood, pewter, ceramic, found objects, or tasteful plastic.
Just use your good judgment because decorative objects, like clothing,
are highly symbolic. No rising corporate executive would have a
light pink frame adorned with fluffy bunnies or gingham flowers
and the tag line: "Good Night Moon," unless that person also kept
a pair of pajamas and a night light nearby.
you work in a creative field, scratched glass or scruffy-looking
materials might be held against you for similar reasons. A simple
plastic frame is fine if it's clean and in good condition. Or get
something burnished. Designers are always burnishing things. You
can skip the frame entirely if the pictures lie flat against the
surface to which you've attached them.
number of photographs you should have is a serious question, one
that calls for a mathematical solution. Take the square root of
your total desk space area, divide the result by the number of pictures
you would like to have, and multiply the expression by the probability
that you either will knock your pictures off the desk at least once
a week or find you must put them in the blazing sun, which always
ruins the color. The answer is four, five, or six. The correct size
is 3 x 5 or 4 x 6.
of two exceptions to the Rule of Dimensions is an attractive landscape
photograph - not the 8 X 10 of you with the celebrity or cabinet
official. If you really knew those people you would be having whispered
conversations and secret weekends, not photo sessions. A similarly
sized portrait of your children or partner is also exempt from the
Rule of Dimensions.
subject of the photograph is very important. Family members, beloved
pets, and happy events in general are all suitable as long as they
exhibit good taste. If you are married, be sure to include a wedding
portrait so that people can stare foolishly at it while asking the
ritual question: "Is that your spouse?"
may want to mix business with pleasure if you have pictures of work
events or successes, but beware of the billboard effect: you'll
just look heartless and self-absorbed.
be sure the picture shows you at your best, otherwise you may find
yourself the victim of an unintended "Dorian Grey" effect.
you know, my dog Dickie and I photograph beautifully, so at least
one picture of us on your desk will assure that your workspace is
the very picture of fabulousness.