Archive: Jan 2016

  1. The Road To Inspiration

    Megan Skaalen has been expressing her creative talent since joining ID Studios in 2011. Her magical mix of exciting, creative and valuable ideas brings a fresh perspective to every project she’s involved with. Take a look at what she has to say about “The Road to Inspiration” in our Designer Forum Series:

    The Road To Inspiration

    Sometimes the lanes between inspiration, motivation and creativity seem to merge… As an interior designer it is my job and privilege to design, solve and think creatively every day, rain or shine. I have recognized that if I approach my road to inspiration the same way I do driving, although I may be rerouted, I will find what I’m looking for.

    Are we there yet?

    Destination. If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?

    You Are Here, illustration by Megan Skaalen

    • How: Set daily goals/tasks and follow up.
    Fill YOUR tank.

    You can’t get anywhere on empty.

    Fill Your Tank, illustration by Megan Skaalen

    • How: Play, browse, create and explore. Adult coloring books, swing at the park, handstands in the pool. Yes please!
    Always a Student Driver

    Keep learning

    Student Driver, illustration by Megan Skaalen

    • How: Read. One is never too old for story time. Fiction and nonfiction both feed the mind and activate your imagination. If there is no time to read, listen to audiobooks and/or podcasts during your commute.


    Carpool, illustration by Megan Skaalen

    • How: Surround yourself with people who challenge you and make the commute on this journey memorable, challenging and fulfilling. (read: How To Build A Creative Team)

    Proper care and upkeep help limit the number of breakdowns.

    Check Engine, illustration by Megan Skaalen

    • How: Sweat! Not only does doing right by your body help maintain health, but it boosts energy and mood.

    Mementos and tokens of your journey.

    Souvenirs, illustration by Megan Skaalen

    • How: Technology is a friend. Organize and have easy access to treasured photographs, inspiring posts, design ideas, music, beauty, your story.
    • Websites like Pinterest can help you keep it all organized.

    Get out of your comfort zone!

    Off Road, illustration by Megan Skaalen

    • How: Leap and the net will appear. There is magic out there.
    Sites On My Journey

    Sites On My Journey, by Megan Skaalen

  2. Cushman & Wakefield / DTZ New UTC Office

    In 2014 Cushman & Wakefield embarked on an exciting, landmark assignment to revitalize their regional, corporate headquarters facility. This newly formed global commercial real estate services firm was created through the merger of DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield. Their 43,000 employees in more than 60 countries provide deep local and global insights that create significant value for occupiers and investors around the world.

    They kicked off the project, knowing they needed to re-think its space in order to support its evolving business and strategy. The challenge was how to create vibrant space that served clients, a diverse work force, and an exciting place to work in a traditional Class A office building. Transparency, new amenities, activated space, and graduated zones that range from complete privacy to shared work spaces now provide Cushman & Wakefield associates a great place to work and meet with clients.

    Check out the story and the results here:

    Case Study | Creative Office Buildout from Creative Concepts on Vimeo.

    See more pictures here:

    DTZ (Now Cushman & Wakefield)