5 Essential Office Functions

by Brady Nord

August 12, 2010 in Inspiration

Creating a unique and inspirational office space is an essential tool to get your employees to put in the long hours. Much has been said of the great work spaces out there, and I don’t intend to beat that same drum. More importantly, I want to break down what makes these offices so special.

1. Make it your own

As you can see below from John Lasseter’s office in Pixar, he has definately made it his own. John Lasseter personally was the director of Toy Story 1 and 2, A Bugs Life, and Cars just to name a few of his accomplishments. Clearly you should not be afraid to make your space yours!

2. Keep it Original

Volkswagen turned what would normally be another factory line into the coolest factory around. Just because what you might be doing may be dirty and greasy doesn’t mean you can’t have design. Just look at the comparison

VS a stereotypical factory line:

3. Make it Fun

Unless you have been living in a cave for the past 10 years then it should be no surprise that working at Google is the place to be. After being voted as the number #1 place to work year after year it’s easy to see why. And yes, pets are allowed.

4. Don’t forget that the goal is to be effective

I realize that Apple stores are not examples of typical workspaces, but nobody can argue the effectiveness of their designs. According to a Morgan Stanley analysis 14% of new visitors to Apple stores turn into customers. I must admit that simply browsing around an Apple store makes me want to open up Photoshop and get creative and I would bet that I’m not the only one.


5. Stay within your budget

The architects at Clive Wilkinson in Los Angeles are a perfect example of keeping it fresh and working within a budget. When building their office the designers were working with a limited budget and had to improvise. What came from their budget cuts is an office space that has been talked about by many. Say hello to shipping containers!



Author Bio: I am a 26 year old internet entrepreneur and co-founder of MOJO-Themes.com. In addition, I have been involved with custom design and development for the past 6 years out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Feel free to contact me on twitter and let me know your thoughts or just say hi! @bradynord.

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About Brady Nord

Co-founder of Mojo-Themes.com

  • lunacat

    Aug 12th

    I have been able to visit The Goolgle building in Zurich (the 2 photos you show are coming from this building) and I tested everything out. It is really looking like a child’s best game room everywhere. I tested out the slide and it was really funny to land in the cafeteria like that.

  • Chris

    Aug 12th

    Great collection! I have recently re-modeled my own office at home and have gained so many ideas from articles like this…thanks again

  • Cronos

    Aug 12th

    Interesting. Especially the 2nd example with the VW factory. Its funny though since both factories are owned by VW. The second plant makes Audi which is owned by VW. Check out the Audi TT in the picture.

  • BebopDesigner

    Aug 12th

    Cool places!

  • климатици

    Aug 13th

    My apartment is too small to do all these thing in there. But if I work at a house it will be different :) That makes me dreaming – thanks :)

  • Eko

    Aug 13th

    Yes, very cool places…I have a plan that would create such an office, spirit!!!

  • Pablo Vargas

    Aug 14th

    Excelent !

  • Amelia Johnson

    Aug 16th

    Amazing. I didn’t know so many offices were designed so brilliantly. I love the Google slide.

  • Shane

    Aug 16th

    Great post, these are all good points and really nicely designed offices!! They look like they would be fun to work in!!!

    Thanks for sharing.

  • inspirationfeed

    Aug 18th

    Wow a slide in an office? Thats awesome!

  • Daniel

    Aug 18th

    Its funny to see that the VW example is compare to Audi – in which are both owned and run by the same group. Maybe they need to be consistent in the workplaces.

  • noelj

    Aug 19th

    I definitely want to work on google :D

  • Web Designers

    Aug 24th

    I wish I worked at Google… they have a volleyball court, pool table and everything… i cant believe they have a slide! i guess the trick is to keep employees happy!!

  • MovieSign

    Aug 26th

    ^Until the shareholders request some cutbacks to make the most of their investments. ;)

  • Bench Desks

    Feb 1st

    I really enjoy how all of these offices are so modern and bright. The open floor plans and the gathering areas for the employees must really create some good morale also.

  • климатици

    Jul 10th

    I want “Make it Fun” its dream

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