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The design of an office has slowly been changing over the years, but recently, those changes are becoming more pronounced. Long gone are the days of placing a desk, chair, and file cabinet in a square room the size of a box or merely cramming a few dozen desks and computers into one large noisy room.
These newer changes have been a long time coming, as companies realise that their employees can work better if they have spaces to recharge and re-energise throughout the day. Of course, employees understand the same thing, which is why they are incorporating many of the new office designs into their own home offices!

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Here are the top trends in office design:

 

A Plethora of Technological Options

Almost every office utilises technology in some form or another, but nowadays, companies and employees want everything that is available to them. Moreover, they do not want to work too hard to use any of it! Everyone should imagine placing his or her smartphone or tablet on a table and have it charge automatically without needing to be plugged in. Screens can rise out of floors or down from ceilings for virtual meetings with those who are on the other side of the world, and computers integrated into almost any area of the building.

Spaces Dedicated to Relaxation

Relaxation is vital for many people, as most of them find that they work better after fifteen to thirty minutes of downtime. In the old days, some people would venture out for a walk or just put their heads down on their desk for a nap. However, in today’s world, employees want to spend their downtime having fun in a bright and cheery space. A few companies are already incorporating game rooms, gardens filled with fragrant flowers, and little cafés into their workspaces and the trend is picking up speed tremendously. Before long, every company will offer these spaces, so that employees will always have a place to go when they need a few minutes to regroup.

Flexible Work Spaces

Flexible workspaces can be less intimidating to those who are working with a deadline because they do not need to stare at the four white walls that are surrounding them. Instead, they can wander down to the conference room, or down to the lounge or another open space to continue their work. These workspaces are also perfect for group projects and collaborating with others, as everyone will have room to spread out and get their job done. While boring tables and chairs will generally put in these spaces, many companies are choosing to fill them with comfortable chairs that can be separated or grouped, as well as small coffee tables or ottomans. A few companies have even placed bean bags, hammocks, and floor pillows in little nooks in these areas so that everyone can work in the way that is best for them.

Spaces for Being Active

Not every company wants to deal with maintaining a gym and other workout equipment, but that doesn’t mean that they cannot incorporate a space where their employees can be active. This area can be a large room that people can use to do a few yoga positions, sit down to meditate, or walk around to get their creative juices flowing again. Companies that do not have a lot of empty spaces for this type of room will get creative on their own by allowing desks that move from sitting to standing positions or even those that can be wheeled around as people walk around their office or another workstation.

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Consultation Spaces for Different Relaxation Services

There are times when employees never seem to have any spare time to think about their health and well-being, which is why many companies are bringing different relaxation services into the workplace. Newly dedicated workspaces for massage therapy, acupuncture sessions, chiropractor appointments, and even holistic medicine treatments. Employees can use these services at any time during their workday, as well as before or after work. It eliminates them from needing to make another stop on their way to work or on their way home, essentially saving them time and money.

These newer office trends are surprising, and it is easy to see why both companies and employees are embracing them wholeheartedly. As companies are adding more of these more modern trends to their buildings, they will find themselves using many different materials that they may have in the past. Glass dividers or portable green dividers will replace solid walls, while lightweight and free furniture will replace all those large pieces. Plants and other green items will be scattered about, creating fresher air and a better ambience for everyone who works there.

It is easy to see why these office trends will be sticking around, but everyone should prepare for even better options in just a few more years because there are better things yet to come.

The dark mornings are here. There is nothing better than a creative desktop to get you inspired first thing. Check out Smashing Magazines collection for November.

November is a rather grey month in many parts of the world, so what could be better as some colourful inspiration to start it off with the right foot? To tickle your creativity, artists and designers from across the globe once again challenged their artistic abilities and designed desktop wallpapers for you to indulge in.

Source: Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers To Make November Even More Colorful (2017 Edition)

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Our Cre8tive Workspace team just finished a great project for AXA Ireland. Our team pulled out all the stops to help create an enjoyable working environment at AXA Ireland in Dublin.

We used a combination of wall graphics, windows graphics, window frost and creative design to achieve our goal. Follow the link below to see the final project.

 

AXA Ireland

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Inksplash Friday Finds

Friday Finds (Issue 2) is out now! We hope you enjoyed our Friday Finds last week. Check out this week’s finds and lets us know what you think.

 

1. James Bond Would Never Get a Job at MI6 Says the Real ‘M’

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James Bond would not be up to the job if he tried to get hired at the real MI6, according to the head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (S.I.S.).

Source: Time

2. Crazy Good Flourless Chocolate Cake with an Even Crazier Backstory

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You know a cake is going to be good when it’s got chocolate, gangsters, and the image of the beautiful island of Capri all in its backstory.

Source: food52

 

3. The 7 biggest announcements from Apple’s MacBook event

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Apple’s keynote today focused on the Mac and the company’s vision idea for the future of TV. New MacBook Pros are coming, including one that’s thinner than the Macbook Air, as is a new feature called the Touch Bar.

Source: The Verge

 

4. How Microsoft Reimagined The Desktop PC For Creativity

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Lean on it!

The Surface Studio, which starts at €2,800 and goes up to€3,800 for a fully loaded version, isn’t targeted at average desktop users.

Source: Fast Company

 

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We recently help Cartridge Green brand their new OfficeHub side of the business. Check out the feedback we got from Niall the managing director.

1. Introduction

OfficeHub and Cartridge Green is based at Goatstown Cross and has been in existence for 15 years. We are lucky to have thousands of loyal business and home customers. We offer innovative and high-value products and services such as printers with 12 months free unlimited ink.

2. Reasons for re-brand

We were launching a new brand called OfficeHub to sit alongside Cartridge Green.Officehub shop front OfficeHub offers a broad range of products and services such as laser printers, scanners, printing service, office supplies and printer rentals and these are aimed primarily at business users. Cartridge Green is known for offering great value products and service around printers and ink such as printers with 12 months free unlimited ink.

3.Why did you pick Inksplash

We have used Inksplash numerous times over the years so we were aware of their quality, speed and reliability. This time, we also used them to develop innovative and eye-catching wall graphic designs and branding ideas that would work in our space. We were not disappointed.

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Creative torch logo design

Logo Design Process

There is a lot to consider when developing a logo for your business. What is the purpose of a logo? Thinking it through before getting a designer to start designing is one of the keys to developing a logo that works for your business.

We found an excellent article on the ins and outs of developing a logo for your company. It’s all about the details! We love sitting down with new clients gathering information and working on a creative brief that gets both parties excited.

Source: Developing a Logo for Your Business

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Creative Signage Inspiration

 

Designing effective signage that instantly grabs ones attention can be a tricky task. Especially in a city centre where there is an abundance of stuff screaming for attention.

Creative signage example on side of officeCompanies are now seeing the benefits of investing in quality signage for their brand. Some Great examples of creative signage in this article.

Source: Beautiful signage | #1275

 

Frieze Art Fair Floor Graphic

Wall Graphics

Inksplash were recently commissioned to print and install large floor decals and wall graphics for a young London-based Irish artist Sam Keogh at the Frieze Art Fair in London. After installing a large floor graphic in The Kerlin Gallery in Dublin for Sam, Inksplash were then assigned the project of full colour printing and installing his exhibition for The Frieze Art Fair in London. The operation went smoothly and installation was completed in one day. An exciting project to be involved in for all at Inksplash.

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