Creators from Redmond dominate the American game industry

[DigiPen Institute of Technology] Redmond, Washington, USA

DigiPen is a university that has produced a string of developers active in the US game industry. But why are they able to consistently train these excellent people at this university? The answer is that, rather than focusing on technology alone, they’ve designed a curriculum focused on thoroughly investigating the kinds of technology needed to produce a particular product and their students put this to practice year after year.



Using open-minded thinking to achieve artistic work

[OBSCURA DIGITAL] San Francisco, California, USA

A company creating globally surprising, revolutionary image technology requires individual passion, and the strong stimulus of a super group of colleagues. We look into this company where an environment has been created effectively bringing employees with sharp senses into working process.

Creating a highly public place to capture the desire for both external and internal self-realizationA

[WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION] San Francisco, California, USA

The reason that a group of just over 100 staff can manage the massive Internet infrastructure of one of the top-five globally-accessed sites is the involvement of outside resources. We discover the secrets behind this cohesive space where cooperating workers just stop by casually.

A product concept that reflects the individual’s own way of action

[Evernote] Redwood City California, USA

Just recently — in July of 2012— Evernote moved into a new office in Redwood City, California. The company has experienced explosive growth, but it has continued to build on its unique product, one that allows people on the move to synchronize their important information.

Investing in businesses and people who have eliminated habit and apathy

[Cyber Agent] Shibuya Tokyo, Japan

Growing to more than 2,000 employees, the group has become a major company still imbued with a venture spirit that is helping them develop new business. A company that doesn’t allow apathy from its employees, and that wants to make a sea change in the industry.

A next-generation personal development courses with unique methodology on co-creation concept

[Hyper Island] Stockholm, Sweden

As was seen in the features on Acne Production and DDB Stockholm, Scandinavia is turning out many creative people; Hyper Island provides practical, business-oriented training courses.

The creation of advertising based on active exchange outside the office and which appeal to human sensibilities

[DDB] Stockholm, Sweden

Agency staff familiar with a style that is more like an art project, and who do not rely on outsourcing, are breaking the boundaries of departments and deepening the bonds within the company.

Thoroughly investigating and introducing ABW, led to the creation of a collaborative office with high levels of staff satisfaction

[Goodman] Sydney, Australia

Global integrated commercial and industrial property group Goodman has Japanese offices in Tokyo and Osaka. The company has passed the 20th anniversary of its founding, and has developed into a global business. Just four years ago, its Sydney headquarters were challenged with increasing its office floor space as is common with growing companies.

Continuing an original value the DNA of
Creative collaboration and partner matching

[Arup] Fitzroy, London, UK

Employing the world's top-class engineers and project leaders, making possible unimaginable building projects.

Building a best-selling product by being close to customer thinking

[Innocent Drinks] Kensington and Chelsea, London, UK

A food business first thought up by three school friends at a party has grown into a top brand, one known by almost every Londoner. An innovative workplace is one of the keys to staying close to consumers.

A Lounge for Good Relations with Customers

[Lifenet Insurance Company] Tokyo, Japan

An expanded sales area, by creating a multi-use space in the headquarters building. Named Samarkand through an employee campaign, after the Silk Road oasis at the crossroads of civilization. The meaning in Sanskrit, in fact, means “the place where people meet.”

The Project-oriented Workplace Changes for The Better

[Nikken Sekkei] Tokyo, Japan

POW, taking up the entire eighth floor of Nikken Sekkei’s Tokyo offices. There are many shared desks in the area covered with the materials, models and ideas for ongoing projects.

Project Rooms: Helping to Draw Out Potential Customer needs

[Ziba] Portland, Oregon, USA

The three office concepts are collaboration, creativity and community. The Project Rooms were created to help realize these concepts. Many of the Project Rooms are located within the offices, so that customers can simply be ushered in.

A student-centered design laboratory, supporting Amsterdam’s creative community

[MediaLAB Amsterdam] the Netherlands

Based in Amsterdam, MediaLAB Amsterdam has for the last 10 years become an increasingly well known design resource for companies and other organizations. Outstanding students from around the world come together here for not only academic but also very practical research.

A place where employees freely come and go: A flexible office, in a smokestack industry

[NS Stations] Utrecht, the Netherlands

The Netherlands’ biggest railway company is Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS). Its subsidiary, NS Stations, is responsible for station development and operations; its aging office was given a major renovation, including design work. While it now has received very positive response from employees, behind the story were a number of measures take to ensure smooth change.

Encouraging the independence of youth; Training the talent that can reform Korea

[Seoul Youth Hub] South Korea

Due to rapid economic development, Korea is faced with a youth employment problem. Helping to support the employment and living of young people, the future of the nation, is the Youth Hub organization. Only founded about a year ago, its internships and other activities for youth are now beginning to show results.

Building a community: Developing Singapore’s entrepreneurial culture

[Plug-In@Blk71] Singapore

Working to foster a Singaporean entrepreneurial spirit, NUS Enterprise operates a new concept in incubators, Plug-In@Blk71. It isn’t simply an incubator, it is a melting pot where the start-up community comes together.