30–60 minutes

What you need

Camera or smartphone, notebook, visual mapping tool

Desknography (Desk + Ethnography) is specific version of 📷Photo Diaries used for those who work mostly in office settings.

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  1. Record your primary work environment using photos or video.
  2. Add annotations or descriptions as needed.


Pay attention to key processes, documents, management tools, and the extent to which spaces are personalised. Many corporate and hot-desking environments will typically have very austere appearances (‘clean desk policies’ in action), in contrast to personal spaces with pictures, plants, biscuit tins, staplers with initials painted on them and so on.