Locally Sourced Creative Juices

Building your city and community doesn’t just come down to supporting your local sports team, or more literally building your city. It comes comes down to supporting everything local. Buying from locally sourced stores, markets, shops, and studios, we can help add capital and grow our communities and local economy. this is in addition to in being environmentally friendly.

All of your favorite foods and products have to be transported from somewhere. The closer that food or product is, the less energy it takes to get it to your door and into your home. So how do we fix this? Buy local! The Organic Box is a local company that is a great example of this. Instead of going out and buying from your local organic market, The Organic Box brings the organic, locally sourced food to you. The Organic box gets most of its food from Northern Alberta and BC. Delivery charges can be as low as five bucks with boxes starting at just under fifty. 

Local design has a part to play in all of this as well. As industrial and graphic designers serving markets in Edmonton, we get the opportunity to meet some of the amazing faces behind these local companies. Sometimes we're even lucky enough to get the chance to work with them in developing their ideas into some stellar local products. One thing that always amazes us is the amount of products that are actually made in Edmonton. Just take a short drive around any one of the many industrial parks in the city and surrounding area. Edmonton is a bit of a dream come true for us industrial designers when we are seeking out help manufacture some of our wild ideas for clients or for our own product lines. 

If you want to learn more about your local design community, and pick up some locally manufactured products in the process, check out Tête Jaune, Vignettes, MADE events, as well as any of the  GDC and ACE events. So get out there and learn a little bit about the locally made products in our city that help make it such a great place to live. 

Not Such an Open and Shut Concept

Everybody nowadays wants a trendy open concept office, and while it definitely breeds a more social and‘open’ office, not everything is so simple with this concept.

Open offices definitely create more social wellbeing. It opens people up to being closer with their coworkers. Google has been going by this model for years and has inspired a pretty huge trend for tech, design, and other companies all over the world. So much so that nearly 70% of workers in the United States work in an office that is open concept in one-way or another. But what’s good for Google isn’t necessarily good for everyone else, but there are some serious positives to open offices. Firstly, sitting all day is terrible for our bodies and is slowly killing us. A slouched back and eye-strain is very common for any office working who stares at a screen all day. Also, studies have shown that sitting all day makes for a decrease in productivity. Secondly, I don’t think it needs to be mentioned that a lack of socializing for an entire working day can have some seriously negative effects on moral. Obviously that isn’t necessarily the case in closed office spaces but it definitely makes communication a lot harder. Companies like Google, I’m sure, have seen an increase in productivity and creativity within their companies, but the negative effects do exist, and aren’t exactly minimal.

While some people can thrive in an open concept work place, there are plenty that don’t fare so well. A lot of creatives are introverted and the ones that aren’t, well, everyone needs privacy and alone time every once and a while. So, while open concept offices increase social wellbeing, there is a limit to that. According to some tests and case studies, a lack of privacy can decrease productivity and creativity. So while being good for brainstorming and working in short bursts, constantly being in the presence of others, especially superiors, hinders your productive and creative workflows.

The key is finding a balance of the open concept office collaborative workspace and the privacy that a more closed workspace allows. We addressed this problem a little bit with our Loop phone booth. Every open concept office has a need for privacy: a safe area where people can have a bit of alone time.  Offices need to take a moment to reevaluate how they operate and design the proper experience for their workers.

If you want to find out more about our Loop private phone booth, or want to chat about possible solutions to an open workspace problem, just give us a holler. 

VR and AR: the Future of Design

VR and AR: the Future of Design

The new, viral, ‘eye to screen’ magnet Pókemon Go has caught the design community in a whirlwind.

Zone 4: Part 2

Zone 4: Part 2

Zone4 is a software and hardware company that focuses on race timing systems. We have been working in collaboration with them to design an enclosure for their one-of-a-kind race timing chip.

Zone 4: Part 1

Zone 4: Part 1

Zone4 is a software and hardware company that focuses on race timing systems. We have been working in collaboration with them to design an enclosure for their one-of-a-kind race timing chip.