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Ask DN: What would you want from a Designer Coworking Space?

9 years ago from , Sr Experience Designer at OpenTable

I was surprised to find that there's no coworking space just for designers in San Francisco, so I'm going to make it.

What would your dream space have?

34 comments

  • Ben LeeBen Lee, 9 years ago

    Lots of windows, great interior design, tons of outlets, vending machines, great people.

    8 points
    • Brooks Hassig, 9 years ago

      TONs of outlets! Good point. As for great people, I'm thinking of having people apply, so we can vet for personality and/or quality of work. What do you think about that?

      0 points
  • Taurean BryantTaurean Bryant, 9 years ago

    not being surrounded by only designers would be nice.

    5 points
    • Brooks Hassig, 9 years ago

      Interesting. Do you find yourself normally only surrounded by designers? See, my problem is that I've only experienced spaces in SF that are for everyone. No doubt, there's something special that happens when you have a mix. But I've not yet experienced the magic of the design school studio and crit sessions in SF. That's why I'm looking to surround myself with only designers, at least only for a while each day.

      0 points
      • Taurean BryantTaurean Bryant, 9 years ago

        Granted, I'm in NYC so I'm of little help but I would personally rather be surrounded by people who work in a similar industry rather than share a specific skill.

        0 points
        • Brooks Hassig, 9 years ago

          No, man, actually it's a valid point. And it's something I'm still thinking about. Having developers in the mix means you can have more making of digital things. It's good for both sides. I see a lot of that already here, though, that's all I'm saying. Maybe it's skewed here because so many designers do work in the same industry. It's almost assumed that you're playing the startup game here if you say you're a designer.

          0 points
          • Taurean BryantTaurean Bryant, 9 years ago

            Gotcha, that makes sense. I just finished a resident designer role at Work-Bench (work-bench.com) helping with their marketing & branding and although they're not at all a co-working space they're hitting the right notes. That may be a good place to get some ideas.

            0 points
            • Brooks Hassig, 9 years ago

              Oh whoa, these guys are right up my ally. Could you introduce me to one of the founders there? How was your experience there?

              0 points
      • Justin EdmundJustin Edmund, 9 years ago

        Other people is a must.

        Design (with a capital D) is a profession of professions—something that only really thrives when a designer brings many different kinds of people together. If you're really only interested in design, then an environment of only designers is probably /okay/.

        1 point
  • Sjors TimmerSjors Timmer, 9 years ago

    Large screens (can't bring those from home), height-adjustable desks. good airco, great printer (printing service) and plenty of wall space to hang things up and scribble upon.

    4 points
    • Brooks Hassig, 9 years ago

      Large screens: definitely. Height-adjustable desks: wouldn't have thought of that, nice. Great printing is a must. Wall space is the biggest for me. I want a place for easy critique, you know?

      0 points
  • Allan GrinshteinAllan Grinshtein, 9 years ago

    No amount of amenities can be a bigger draw than quiet, light, and ample space between coworkers.

    3 points
    • Brooks Hassig, 9 years ago

      Good point. Coincidentally, you're on my todo list today. I wanted to ask you more about what you think about this idea. You guys are doing rad things here and with LV, so it'd be great to get your perspective. Got a couple minutes?

      0 points
  • Denis P.Denis P., 9 years ago

    In addition to everything above, maybe some lectures from cool designers.

    3 points
  • Samihah ASamihah A, 9 years ago

    What everyone above has already mentioned, but also an area where we can play around with analog/non-digital design - like paint, clay, letter pressing, and screen printing. Sometimes it's fun to refresh my head and get away from pixels.

    1 point
  • Josh GreenJosh Green, 9 years ago

    Height adjustable desks, meeting room, good coffee, open plan, super fast internet, cable and wi-fi.

    1 point
    • Brooks Hassig, 9 years ago

      Are you a standing desk kinda guy? I tried them and ... always just wanted to sit down.

      0 points
  • Andrew LeAndrew Le, 9 years ago

    Surprised nobody's mentioned location.

    0 points
  • Thani SuchoknandThani Suchoknand, 9 years ago

    Good coffee, comfy chairs, lap trays to protect the fellas, maybe a dog or two :)

    Just curious, how would you enforce 'designers only'?

    0 points
    • Brooks Hassig, 9 years ago

      Good question. I'm thinking there'd be some light enrollment process. It could go anywhere from screening for cultural fit to reviewing portfolios. What do you think?

      0 points
  • Joel CalifaJoel Califa, 9 years ago

    I've heard amazing things about Studiomates in NYC. I'd base it off of that.

    0 points