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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.

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Creative working space

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

office hub wall graphic

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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Digital Print Trends Report 2016

The print industry is growing and changing at a fast rate. This paper produced by Craig M. Berger provides a summary of digital print trends, technologies, methodologies and materials shaping the way designers, fabricators and manufacturers are navigating digital printing methods.

 

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What are the benefits of wall graphics and window frosting in the office environment? There are lots of great benefits to having a well-designed office space that opens up the mind and allows inspiration to flow. Keeping your employees motivated, inspired and content can be hard at the best of times but, if your environment can work with you, it can keep motivation and productivity at its peak.

Wall Graphics

To give an example, let’s start with wall graphics in a boardroom with no windows. Boring and drab springs to mind and tends to make some people snooze through a sales meeting.
Now imagine that same room overlooking the skyline of New York, Hong Kong, Dublin or even a tropical rainforest in a high-resolution image that makes you feel like you are actually in the forest. You can almost smell the damp air of the rainforest.

Window Frosting

The modern office trends of the last few years tend to favour open space; light, fresh, and airy. With the use of lots of glass walls and doors on boardrooms, meeting room, individual offices and even canteens.

There is still a need for some form of privacy whilst still maintaining the amount of light that spreads through the office space. This is where window frosting or window manifestations come in. The days of having the glass etched and blasted are no more as it is permanent and too costly. Window frosting is much more cost-effective and looks the same as the permanent frosted glass. The material is an of a very high standard and it can be removed and redone if necessary. It can also be printed with any image or pattern and can be cut to almost any shape.

 

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Wall Graphics

Inksplash were recently commissioned to print and install the interior wall graphics for the exciting new North Face retail store located in the prestigious Kildare Village Outlet Shopping Centre.

After a recommendation from a regular Inksplash customer to the guys in charge of the shop refit, a late Friday afternoon phone call set the wheels in motion for what was to be quite a challenging but rewarding few day. The store was set to open in just a few days time and, with the store being nothing more than a building site at the time, it was hard to imagine how this was all going to be achieved, but, as usual, we embrace every challenge!

Saturday morning saw two of the Inksplash team meet with the builders at Kildare Village to discuss the project, take drawings and measurements for all surfaces requiring graphics, then head back to Inksplash headquarters to start planning how this could be done.

Graphics

There were a large amount of various wall graphics required, from small paragraphs of plotted text for the changing rooms to full ceiling-to-floor vinyl images for the main store internal walls and lightbox decals.

Printing, plotting, laminating and trimming began first thing Monday morning, in-house at our Carrickmines production facility, with every member of the team proving to be a valuable asset under pressure, everyone had a job to do and it was done fast and done well.

Installation

Tuesday morning saw the Inksplash installation team out bright and early to begin what seemed like an impossible task, but, we are proud to say, the project was completed on time and on budget with the highest standards required and met along with an extremely challenging deadline. The Inksplash team duly delivered on all counts.

 

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