[Squarespace] New York, USA
Squarespace has been praised for allowing its users to create websites of simple yet sophisticated designs. The company began when the Squarespace platform was launched back in 2004. Since then, it has grown to become a major company with around 2 million paying customers worldwide.
[Grand Central Tech] New York, USA
“New York is the best place in the country to establish your company. New York has a holistic, robust economy. There are creatives making theater, artists, bankers, people in media and entertainment, people in content and publishing. All of those industries are well represented here, and then there's a strong tech sector. You have a more healthy, enjoyable economy, which is not always the case in places like San Francisco where everyone is working on tech.”
[Acumen] New York, USA
Headquartered in New York, Acumen is a non-profit inviting philanthropic investment to find solutions for global poverty. Supporting their work is a worldwide network of volunteers through the +Acumen chapters around the world.
[Green Space] New York, USA
Not just a place for members to work, Green Spaces is about creating a community. There is exchange between community members, and an emphasis on making contact with external organizations. By connecting to society, there is the synergy that comes from interacting with groups rather than being alone.
[LABS] London, UK
London’s Camden has always been a place of creativity, but in recent years it has dealt with strong competition from other parts of the city. We investigate a new co-working space seeking to attract the next generation of diverse and innovative companies.
[SPACE10] Copenhagen, Denmark
SPACE10, Scandinavian furniture brand IKEA’s innovation laboratory, is drawing increased interest. Despite being entirely funded by IKEA, its activities are not directly connected to IKEA’s business. We look at the activities of this mysterious lab.
[Space Syntax Limited] London, UK
Have you heard of the concept of space syntax? It was first born in London in the 1970s as a method to mathematically analyze space. By simulating the movement of people in the space and analyzing the result, you can predict the layout and create the optimal design.
Working to Solve Medical Problems in the UK:
Translating Medical Research into Practice through Design
[The Helix Centre] London, UK
The Helix Centre is a joint project of Imperial College London (ICL), one of the world’s top science universities, and the world-famous Royal College of Art (RCA). Medical professionals collaborate with designers to solve issues in the healthcare system.
[Rovio Entertainment] Espoo, Finland
Rovio Entertainment has grown rapidly while maintaining the company values and its story and being open to new ideas from outside at the same time. Worksight visits the home of the global phenomenon, “Angry Birds”.
[Aalto Design Factory] Espoo, Finland
A design research institute, but one creating the seeds for small, fast, affordable innovation through collaboration with corporations. We visit Finland’s Aalto Design Factory.
[Mindspace] Berlin, Germany
Mindspace was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2014. It entered Friedrichstrasse, Berlin in 2016. It quickly captured the hearts of the people of Berlin immediately after its opening, and captured attention as the unique co-working space.
[Sankt Oberholz] Berlin, Germany
Created in 2006, St. Oberholz is the oldest coworking space in Berlin. It has a history of creating famous startups, including SoundCloud and HelloFresh. What are the reasons behind its ability to attract people?
[HelloFresh] Berlin, Germany
HelloFresh is the global leading meal-kit delivery service. Since its foundation in 2011 it’s staff has grown massively, recently at 100 percent; it is a remarkable startup developing its business in nine countries, across three continents. Although the company is growing so rapidly, it’s very refreshing to see how they were able to keep their down-to-earth spirit and open and warm work culture.
[SAP Innovation Center Potsdam] Potsdam, Germany
SAP is known for its business ERP. Headquartered in souther-German Walldorf, it also established a research and development facility, the Innovation Center, in Potsdam. There you can look out at a lake, in an environment surrounded by nature. It is very different from the big city of Berlin. Why did SAP choose this location?
[Workshop Cafe] San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s Financial District is known as the “Wall Street of the West Coast.” In the area, there is a cafe where people gather day or night. Known as the Workshop Cafe, you can see the ingenuity of the founder in the creation of the space, the interior and its ease of use.
[LACI] Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles was a thriving community and a leader of the US manufacturing industry but it was suffering from environmental issues concerning dust, water and transpiration-related problems. AN NPO to attract outstanding cleantech companies, LACI, was created in the city. Its effects are already very visible in the short five years since its founding.
[Emerson College] Los Angeles
Emerson College was founded more than 130 years ago. Its faculty members teach marketing and communications, journalism, film, television, theater, screenwriting, and more. A large number of students graduate with these majors. The college also opened a campus in LA, Emerson College Los Angeles.
Solving Social Problems Through Participatory
Design; An Innovation Unit Involving Citizens,
Lab Corporations and Government
[MindLab] Copenhagen, Denmark
MindLab is an innovation unit bringing together Denmark’s Ministry of Business and Growth, Ministry of Children and Education and Ministry of Employment. Participatory design was used to involve citizens and resolve social issues.
[Deutsche Telekom AG] Berlin, Germany
Deutsche Telekom AG, a telecommunications company with Europe’s largest market share, has in recent years put additional efforts into expanding its internet-related services. The secret for its global success is their unique approach to innovation.
[Sitra] Helsinki, Finland
Sitra is Finland’s official body for social innovation. To resolve sophisticated, complex problems, it developed an original innovation method known as the Studio.