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Branded Office Design

Companies can spend huge amounts on getting their logo design spot on – and so they should, as logos are the easiest way of recognising what the brand is. Along with the colour and design of your logo, you’ll also get your business cards to match, your website and your social media. If you’re in a physical business, you’ll probably have branded workwear, liveried, sign written vehicles – anything that potential and current clients can see, you’ll be sure they know it’s your company.

All well and good, all well known, all well done.

Now sit back and take a look at your workspace, your offices, the environment where your business operates from. Does it too match your branding, your business culture? Does it give off the same messages that you have invested so heavily in for all other aspects of your company profile?

You could argue that this is only relevant to the “big boys” – of course Google has offices that match their brand, they’ve got the money to invest. But there are ways that every business can incorporate their company branding, and colours, into their office design.

At the most basic level get at least some of your walls the same colour as your logo. If you’re not in a position to redecorate, then have a look at your furniture and fittings. Can you change your office chairs to a branded colour? How about office partitions? These can come in a huge variety of colours including partitions that can have customised images printed on them.

Designing your offices to match your branding should be as important to you as getting your logo right – having a consistent message across the board makes your message clearer to both customers and to staff.

If you would like any help in ensuring that you get this message right, please get in touch with here at 20six.

The ABC of Design | Pt 4

As August draws to a close so we visit our final section of the ABC of commercial interiors. Needless to say, we were a little worried about addressing the X, Y and Z but we've managed it! Yes, 20six different aspects of commercial interior design all the way from A through to Z.

Week Four - S to Z

S: S is for Sustainability: We've mentioned how important green office design is, and there are more companies taking sustainability into account either with new planning and design or with revamping current office set-ups. It makes sense for environmental reasons, for employee's health and wellbeing, and for long-term financial benefits. (Find out more about making your work space more sustainable )

T: T is for Trends: From treadmill desks to standing desks, from open plan offices to contemplative pods, from slides, running tracks, Yoga rooms and more, there is always something claiming to be the latest trend in office design. Quiet apart from the physical trends, we are pleased to see that more employers are recognising the need to base their commercial interiors around the needs of their staff.

U: U is for Unique: There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to commercial interiors. Your business is unique, your branding, your corporate colours, your culture, and therefore all of your work place designs need to be as unique as you. Having your office fit-out match your company branding gives clients a coherent, understandable message about who you are and what you do.

V: V is for Vision: It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with your office interiors – same old desks, same old chairs, same old people. Sometimes you need someone who can step outside of your world and provide you with the necessary vision to create a truly inspirational working space.

W: W is for Windows: Being diurnal creatures, we all need daylight. Several studies have concluded that especially in northern countries in winter, a lot of people don’t get enough Vitamin D, the best source of which comes from sunlight. Natural light is also linked to enhanced productivity for your staff. Whilst natural light is beneficial, windows can have the downside of allowing too much sunlight into an office so design needs to include the option of screening bright lights.

X: X is for Xerox, and Xero: Tentative links we hear you cry! Believe us, we struggled with linking X to the office. Both our chosen X's symbolise everything else that needs to be taken into account when you are designing, furnishing, and fitting out your offices. The need to incorporate the technology and the everyday essential pieces of office equipment that will enable you to do your job.

Y: Y is for Yale (other security systems are also available): Security has to be included in any commercial interior plans, as your offices need to be secure. The rise in smart security options gives you the ability to have door entry systems, alarms, cameras, and more all managed by your smart phone enabling you to have piece of mind even when you're not physically in the office.

Z: Z is for Zenith! The zenith of office design is the time when your design is most successful for you, your staff, your company as a whole and your customers; and if you’ve followed our blogs and implemented all of our advice then your office Zenith hath occurred.

Meeting Room Design

Is It Time To Rethink The Meeting Room?

Advances in communication technology have enabled us to chat with others wherever we, or they, may be. There is no longer the need to meet up face-to-face as we can chat over Skype, or email, or groups in WhatsApp – who needs meeting rooms anymore?

Communication technology shouldn’t be used as a substitute for meeting face-to-face, but to compliment. US based studies on the behaviour of employees discovered that roughly 80 – 90% of emails between colleagues mirrored face-to-face contact. Put in simple terms, we email those people more frequently that we also frequently meet face-to-face.

In the same study, it was also discovered that meeting rooms were occupied at a rate of less than 40%.

Time To Revisit The Meeting Room?

We’ve spoken before about how you can utilise office design for more effective workplace communication, and of the benefits that this bestows upon a company’s overall productivity. Part of the issue has been that meeting rooms are synonymous with bland, stuffy, yawn-inducing spaces. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Even if you’re not looking at a total office redesign, it could be worth your while looking at how your meeting rooms are used, how often, and how anybody feels when they’re in them. A well designed communal room will help to bring your employees together – and as we’ve outlined above, the more they come together in person, the more they communicate electronically – and the more productive your employees become.

There are no one size fits all blue prints for the perfect boardroom, meeting room or communal spaces, your spaces need to blend seamlessly with the rest of your workspaces, your company brand, and your own unique business culture.

If you would like help in making your meetings rooms places where your employees actually want to go then please get in touch with here at 20sixltd.

Sustainable Office Design

How Can I Make My Office Greener?

If you have the luxury of setting up new offices you can ensure that all aspects of design, fit out, and office furniture and fixings are green – but what can you do to make your current workplace more sustainable?

We’ve come up with four ways that you can help make your office greener.

4 Ways To Make Your Office More Sustainable:

Water: There’s the obvious not leaving the taps running, but you can also adapt your current set up by incorporating low-flow taps and toilets. New systems for managing the flow of water are always evolving so it’s worth checking every now and then if there are more things that you can do to help conserve water.

Lighting: Again, the obvious is to use natural light where possible, but sometimes that just isn’t possible. It is estimated that a total of 15 to 30% of energy costs are used up by office lighting. Switching to LED light bulbs is an instant energy-saver as they consume just 10% of the energy of incandescent bulbs and last as much as 40 times longer.

Recycling: In addition to recycling your waste products wherever possible, you can go green on your office furniture and fittings. More sustainable materials such as recycled wood, cork, and natural fabrics can be incorporated in your office furniture, flooring and more.

Insulation: This plays a part in temperature control, keeping your workspace at an ambient temperature, but also for acoustics. Internal partitioning can help manage temperatures, as well as helping to reduce noise. A properly insulated office can significantly reduce energy costs.

Creating a more sustainable working environment will benefit your business directly by reducing your overheads and keeping your employees happy. If you would like some help or advice on making your office greener then please get in touch with us.