I’m a big believer in getting away from your desk.

 

DIY magnetic walls

I really dislike the classic aluminum-framed, Office Depot style whiteboards that litter the traditional office-scape (truth be told, I dislike almost everything about traditional offices). I totally get the whiteboard functionality, but the are so ugly. I just can't do it. 

Rather than framed whiteboards, I wanted to have large walls that we could throw ideas and imagery onto and I didn't want to use pins or anything that caused damage. Magnetic paint seemed like the perfect option but it was expensive. Painting a significant area would have cost a fortune, so rather than purchasing magnetic paint, we bought an insanely heavy bucket of powdered iron and made our own magnetic primer.

Overall, the walls worked great. They were perfect for reviewing concepts and we used index cards when we wanted to write anything down, which was rad because it gave us the added flexibility of moving cards and images around as we collaborated, rather than erasing things and rewriting them.

There were some downsides though. The iron powder made the paint sort of rough, and some folks really hated not having whiteboards. In our current studio, we have large metal panels for magnetic materials, and painted, full-wall whiteboards as well. Best of both worlds without the crappy office aesthetic.


Kitchenette

VHS mlkshk single-origin coffee locavore PBR, health goth polaroid Brooklyn lo-fi bitters. Locavore fashion axe Schlitz, photo booth seitan meditation flannel Banksy. American Apparel kitsch before they sold out kogi, keffiyeh Bushwick Austin paleo taxidermy meh. Sriracha slow-carb Truffaut photo booth cornhole migas Thundercats Helvetica wolf, messenger bag single-origin coffee retro gastropub.

Pool table

VHS mlkshk single-origin coffee locavore PBR, health goth polaroid Brooklyn lo-fi bitters. Locavore fashion axe Schlitz, photo booth seitan meditation flannel Banksy. American Apparel kitsch before they sold out kogi, keffiyeh Bushwick Austin paleo taxidermy meh. Sriracha slow-carb Truffaut photo booth cornhole migas Thundercats Helvetica wolf, messenger bag single-origin coffee retro gastropub.

Team grizzly

For a few years we hag a gorgeous grizzly rug. I expected to catch a whole lot of flak for having it around the office, but the response was overwhelmingly positive. People loved it.

We ended up turning it into a car and raced it down Mt Tabor in Portland's Soap Box Derby race. It was painfully slow, but that's what you'd expect from a car made of a grizzly.