We spend a lot of time at our computers, but we usually find that sketching and collaborating together is much more productive than sending email or chat. So a couple of months ago we built a sketching table to give us a space where we could work together easily.
The table is made from Ikea furniture (two Expedit bookcases, one Numerar kitchen countertop, some casters and some miscellaneous hardware). We also added a 36″ paper dispenser and a roll of newsprint to make sure we always have sketching paper handy.
The total cost was about $500, and we’re seeing two benefits: it’s much easier for us to incorporate sketching into our daily workflow, and we’re having lots of quick feedback sessions since the table makes it easy for us to share and sketch ideas.