Category Archive: Designer Forum

  1. Everyone Loves Green Walls

    Inspired by Nature

    Whether they’re multi-story living-wonders or a preserved accent box, everyone loves green walls! And now there’s plenty of research indicating that a connection to nature through biophilic design is of great benefit. Including design elements such as green walls, photos of nature, or fractal shapes in the workplace provides benefits to both the employee and employer. Those benefits include lowering stress levels, uplifting mood, increased productivity, improved concentration and a reduction in absenteeism.

    ResMed Refresh, Floor 1 Tower, design by ID Studios, including a preserved green wall box

    Whether they’re multi-story living-wonders or a preserved accent box, everyone loves green walls! And now there’s plenty of research indicating that a connection to nature through biophilic design is of great benefit. Including design elements such as green walls, photos of nature, or fractal shapes in the workplace provides benefits to both the employee and employer. Those benefits include lowering stress levels, uplifting mood, increased productivity, improved concentration and a reduction in absenteeism.

    Mission Fed Green Wall for Wellness, Design by ID Studios, including feature green wall

    A 2006 meta-analysis published in Heath Promotion International found “empirical, theoretical and anecdotal evidence… of the human health benefits of contact with nature,” which can include, not only a natural environment like a park or garden but “any single element of the natural environment (such as plants, animals, soil, water or air).”

    With the evidence piling up that, “…seeing nature is important to people and is an effective means of relieving stress and improving well-being,” consider including a green wall in your office to bring nature into your workplace!

  2. ID Studios and Workplace Wellness

    In the design world, trends come and go, however, one design trend we see sticking around is workplace wellness and health for employees. Over the past two decades the workplace has changed substantially. Prior to the early 2000’s, the typical workplace was an artificially lit cubicle farm surrounded by enclosed private offices that blocked all the natural light. Since then, designers and clients have embraced workplace trends from open planning concepts to game rooms and sliding boards instead of stairs. We think planning for the health and wellness of employees in the workplace is here to stay.

    A workplace that promotes health and wellness has positive effects on both the employees and employer. Studies have shown that a healthy lifestyle and environment enable employee productivity, engagement and retention. Given that we spend up to 90% of our day indoors it is important that we are surrounded by an environment that supports our health and well-being.

    We’ve found that the WELL Building Standard is a great guide for best practices to achieve a healthier workplace. The WELL Building Standard is the first standard with a focus on health and well-being of the building occupants. WELL is focused on seven concepts: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind. Below are some examples of how you can integrate some of these concepts to your workplace.

    Voit connection to the outdoors for Wellness, Design by ID Studios
    Indoor/Outdoor space at Voit San Diego

    Air quality issues cause respiratory problems, diminish work productivity and lead to sick building syndrome, below are few easy tips to improve the quality of air in your workplace:

    • Select low VOC paints and finishes
    • Have walk-off mats at the entry of your space
    • Install operable windows/doors in your workspace for natural ventilation
    • Use green cleaning products
    • Install carpet tiles

    80% of the US is mildly dehydrated which can cause many health issues. It is recommended that men consume 125 oz and women 91 oz of water a day, below are a few ways to encourage healthy hydration:

    • Provide safe filtered water within 100’ of regularly occupied areas
    • Change and maintain water filters
    • Test drinking water

    Marsh and McClennan San Diego, Design by ID Studios, Photo by Joel Zwink
    Lunch Room at Marsh and McLennan which provides fresh fruit and purified water to employees, along with coffee, tea and lunch delivery.

    Dietary guidelines for Americans recommend 4 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. In addition to nourishment guidelines the WELL Building Standard has recommendations to prevent food borne illness in the workplace. Below are a few tips to champion proper nourishment in the workplace:

    • Provide disposable paper towels at sinks in lieu of hand dryers
    • Provide .7cf of refrigerator space for each employee.
    • Have an office garden with vegetables, herbs and edible plants.
    • Provide plenty of spaces for eating, tables and chairs for 25% of employees
    • Make fruit and vegetables available to staff

    Brixton Capital Sunshine Filled Conference Room for Wellness, Design by ID Studios
    Light filled conference room at Brixton Capital.

    Access to natural light is important to health and wellbeing, here are a few ways to achieve better lighting in your office
    • Maximize natural light
    • Control glare
    • Select light paint colors for the majority of for walls and ceilings.

    WD-Studios Fitness Facility for Wellness, Design by ID Studios
    Fitness center at WD-40

    It is recommended to get 30 minutes of activity per day, a few ways to encourage movements are below:
    • Provide access and encourage use of stairs
    • Storage for bicycles
    • Provide areas for physical activity
    • Height adjustable workstations
    • Shower

    Comfortable, distraction free environments lead to happier employees who are more productive, here are several ways to support greater comfort in the workplace:

    • Providing adjustable chairs and workstations for proper ergonomics
    • Invest in a white noise system
    • Provide employees with a choice of areas to work throughout the office
    • Limit noise created from building mechanical systems

    Mission Federal Credit Union Headquarters, Design by ID Studios, Photo by Joel Zwink
    Biophilia wall at Mission Federal Credit Union Headquarters

    Interior environments at are aesthetically pleasing and that incorporate nature can enhance the employees experience, mood and happiness, below are some tips to promote emotional health:

    • Bring the outdoors in with plants and patterns that evoke nature
    • Provide opportunities for connections to the exterior
    • Create collaborative spaces and areas to meditate and relax

    At ID Studios, we are passionate above creating spaces that promote health and wellness as well as environmental sustainability. Reach out to see how we can help.

  3. Designing with Generations in Mind

    Shaynee McMillion joined ID Studios earlier this year as Senior Designer and Director of Client Relations. She shares her 20 years’ of experience with us through this post in our Designer Forum series.

    Designing with Generations in Mind

    Parallels of the Younger and Older Generations Impacting Interior Design

    Industry experts project Millennials will become the strongest brand and consumer influencers since the Baby Boomer generation. As a Gen X designer, the approach to designed environments has changed as we take notice of the trends that present themselves from this younger generation. Together with designing for the Baby Boomers we discover interesting opportunities as these two generations converge in the Live-Work-Play arena.

    The focus on trends that influence commercial design, specifically relating to workplace, and hospitality environments, should include the varied perspectives of how each generation experiences the spaces we create. The way Millennials interact with our spatial layouts, interior finishes and overall feel of a space is a source of ‘changing’ trends that directly impact the design needs of our clients. Just as important to track is the changing requirements of the baby boomer generation and how those changes impact interior design projects.

    It is reported 10,000 Baby Boomers hit retirement age every day in our country. As their influence remains in the workplace while they continue to transition over the next decade or so, they are entering into a new phase in life and they are certainly influencing the way we design in other venues.

    In a coffee shop by Jeff Sheldon

    Creative Workplace

    Home Away From Home

    Millennials, since entering the work force, have been a driving force leading to a more creative workplace. The shift to open environments, more collaborative and casual work spaces are a result of this generation wanting to work differently. They have even more respect than previous generations for sustainable design, honest materials, clean air & natural light as part of their work life.

    Retaining the Millennial employee is a key driver for our clients. Environments need to invoke feelings of being relaxed, comfortable & connected. Our designs should be current, fresh and support the interior environment with a perfect proportion of focus areas as well as flexible, casual and collaborative spaces. Incorporating amenities that break up the work day and support convenience while at work are all contributing factors that have changed our work life and helped employers retain the new generation of the work force.

    As the Baby Boomer generation and Gen-Xers alike embrace the new trends, they can find themselves as the leaders in their businesses steering the design process for their teams. A new appreciation can develop as the changes in their workplace reflect a refreshing improvement to their former surroundings.

    Tealium Collaboration Area, design by ID Studios, Photo by Joel Zwink

    Sense of Community

    Personal Space vs. Amenity Space

    With flexible working arrangements and boundaries between live-work & play fading, Millennials are finding, with technology, they can do everything they want at home or anywhere else at the development where they may rent or own their place, just as long as technology is incorporated in the design. Millennials will compromise personal space for more amenities.

    The millennial generation tops the Multi-family housing clientele, with Baby Boomers entering in at a growing number. Developers are honed into this and understand the importance of providing convenience to all of life’s necessities and comforts for a diverse range of generations sharing the property. Community spaces are viewed as an extension of the residents’ personal space. In general, the trend for amenity spaces incorporate a strong influence of hospitality type experiences into the design. Together with the connectivity Millennials crave, residents are ‘wowed’ with state-of-the-art gyms, hotel lobby type spaces with relaxed and social zones integrated.

    As designers, we can look at these types of shared spaces and are able to create the appeal that will attract a variety of ages. The design should be inviting and refined, not fussy or over stylized and most of all comfortable.

    CSU San Marcos Student Center dining and lounge furniture design by ID Studios

    Play & Leisure

    Expectations are High

    Work hours are long, productivity is fundamental but keeping a balance between play and work are critical to a Millennial. Of course other generations value this too…but to the millennial generation, they have entered the work place with more of this culture present. A work-life balance is reflected in today’s workplace design more than ever.

    For most Baby Boomers, the Live-Work-Play attitude is changing to Live-Recharge-Play. They make up a large population of individuals who are traveling, frequenting restaurants and are a huge influence on the way our recreation and leisure spaces are designed.

    There is so much variety and competition to entice where we spend our play and leisure time and our expectations are high. Not only is the aesthetic critical to attracting and making a great first impression, the focus on the millennial generation in design also has to do with social media habits. They are ‘checking in’ with everyone as they experience their restaurant, hotel or living space. In hospitality environments, if they ‘don’t like it’, or they ‘love it’, their social circle and potential new visitors to these businesses will be influenced through social media. As our hospitality clients well know, everyone with a smart phone is now a critic.

    Millennials are used to having many options and they expect more from interior design. Being competitive while appealing to the range of generations requires the utmost care in the detail of how a space looks and feels while not making it so trendy that a more seasoned patron will feel out of their element. Remaining unique in the design, adding character with more refined elements combined with a sensitivity to the environment can appeal to the masses.

    Pacific by ID Studios


  4. 7 Trends in the Workplace Today

    Kelsey Held joined ID Studios earlier in the year as a Senior Interior Designer. Since graduating from California State University, Long Beach she has worked for over six years in the corporate and hospitality realm in both San Diego and Los Angeles. Kelsey’s experience expands our knowledge base in those services. She joins us in our Designer Forum sharing Trends in the Workplace Today.

    Trends in the Workplace Today

    We’ve come a long way from the maze of dark corridors and rows of enclosed offices. Businesses these days thrive on collaboration and flexibility and the traditional way of planning just doesn’t work for most companies anymore. With the high cost of rent, we’re trying to fit more people in a space but we’re not willing to compromise comfort or productivity. When it comes to workplace design, the approach to designing office space has experienced some change.


    Moss Adams Open Office by ID Studios

    Similar to urban planning, we’re creating a mini community! With open planning, we’re organizing employees into “pods” according to need. By creating zones for similar requirements, we’re eliminating many of the walls, making your space feel bigger. If you’re still craving a physical partition, spaces can be divided by low walls or movable screens which still maintain a level of privacy and light. Minimizing communication barriers creates support, connection, and collaboration.


    Gerrity Group Flex Space, design by ID Studios

    Flexibility allows you to get the best bang for your buck. It allows for growth, change, spontaneity, and creativity. Conference rooms that open up completely with folding or sliding doors help to create larger gathering spaces. You can have all-hands meetings or training sessions as well as group events. Mobile seating and screens can create space as needed for brainstorm sessions or less formal meetings… or they can serve as huddle spaces for quick touchdowns!


    ICE, Innovative Commercial Systems, interior design by ID Studios

    Less and less people are working at assigned desks. Some work remotely from home or on business trips and some people rarely report to an office at all, conducting much of their business in the field or on their phone. Having smaller “touchdown” desks for employees that aren’t in the office 5 days a week or 8 hours a day takes up less space and is more efficient. Another added benefit – it’s cleaner! People are essentially borrowing a desk, which reduces clutter and unnecessary mess.


    ResMed Phonebooth, design by ID Studios

    With employees not accustomed to open planning environments, the biggest concern you hear is about privacy when it comes to phone calls. A couple phone booths or small rooms sprinkled throughout the space alleviates that concern and only needs to be large enough for one or two people who need a place to “perch” for a while. A far stretch from the phone rooms that were designed 20 years ago, add a small counter or table with a chair and it can also serve as a touchdown spot for someone with a laptop!


    ResMed Sit Stand desk in open office, design by ID Studios

    With changing technology and a variety of preferences when it comes to how people work, it’s not just about a good chair anymore. The biggest impact is a flexible work surface that allows for sitting as well as standing… and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune! More and more employees are demanding height adjustable desks and manufacturers across the board are coming up with their own version. Flexible furniture promotes good posture and movement throughout the day, which in turn promotes productivity. As a bonus, think about making a smaller conference table a standing table! This would be for shorter, impromptu meetings that are meant to be more interactive. Take it even further by making the top of the table a white board or other writeable surface… it gets people up and moving and keeps them awake!

    6. FRESH AIR

    Dempsey Construction Break Room, design by ID Studios

    We love fresh air in San Diego and we’re fortunate to have amazing weather nearly year-round to take advantage of it! If you’re lucky enough to have a space that can open up to the great outdoors, consider an operable, glass garage door that brings light in, even when it’s closed. Operable windows and folding doors go a long way… and if you’ve got a patio or roof space, create an area for outdoor meetings, team BBQ’s, or after-work happy hours!

    7. PLAY

    Entropic Game Room design by ID Studios

    It may seem counterproductive to put a Kegerator, slide, or ping pong table in your office, but it can actually be quite the opposite! Having an outlet for employees allows them to burn off steam and enhances working relationships. It certainly improves mood and satisfaction, which can have a big impact on a team’s success.

    So why do we strive for this new way of working? Because people and their overall sense of work/life balance matter. If there’s one thing that ALL of these trends strive to serve, it’s the employee, and thus the company as a whole. Today’s workplace is about creating an ecosystem. It’s an environment that stimulates minds, reduces stress, promotes health, strengthens relationships, and maximizes performance. Not all of these workplace trends will work for you or your office, but design strategy is a great place to start… and you may find that a little playtime mixed in makes a whole lot of sense!

  5. 5 Tips For Making Your Break Room More Useful

    Mary Ford is one of our newest designers. She began her career in Design as an intern at ID Studios. After five years away, Mary has now joined us as a full time Designer. Originally from Wisconsin, she graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2013 and is excited to permanently locate to San Diego with her one-year-old English Bulldog, Dexter. For this Designer Forum she would like to share with you:

    5 Tips for Making your Break Room More Useful

    Design is what I am passionate about and a major facet of design is functionality. The most successful designs are the ones that enhance the life of the end user by making things function more efficiently and maximizing the potential of the space. Break rooms are so important for our clients and their employees. A well planned break room will be used so much more than one that is just there for the sake of having a break room.

    1. Make sure everything has a specific place to go and is organized so that the people using the break room can easily access everyday items.


    2. Listen to your employee’s needs. It seems obvious but the key to making a break room more usable is to make sure people want to use it! Think coffee… water… snacks… etc.


    3. Make sure there is enough space for a seating! Whether that means lounge seating, bar stools, dining tables.


    4. Trash and Recycling! Making trash and recycling containers easily accessible and built into the cabinets not only gives a cleaner look but also allows for more floor space in the break room.

    4. Use the correct size and quantity of appliances. One or two coffee machines? Under counter refrigerator drawers or a full sized refrigerator? These answers will depend on your employees and their needs.

    DStudios ResMed Break Room Design

  6. The Best Thing About My Job as a Designer at ID Studios

    Maegen Curry has brought her fresh perspectives to projects since joining us in 2014. We’re excited to hear what she has to say about being a part of ID Studios.

    Writing about the best part of my job was an impossible task; there are too many “bests” to choose from. But I am a creative professional who never shies away from an impossible task, so I’ve decided instead to break the rules and chose the five best things about my job. So here are the five reasons I work all day, and sometimes even stay a little late…

    1. I’m creative every day…

    Being Creative, photo by William Iven

    Well, maybe not every single day, not going to lie, drawing ceiling details can be a little dry, but the days we get to use our Creative Process far outnumber those that don’t. Our clients come to us to deliver imaginative solutions and we love it.

    2. I love the people I work with…

    Desk Decorated for a birthday Everyone dressed up for a birthday

    I work with the best people! See I even added an exclamation point there to show how serious I am. I don’t think I could find another group of people this fun and hilarious. A group that will go way over the top celebrating your birthday and then a few months later get loud and fight you for children’s toys at the holiday gift exchange. And they don’t even judge you when you sneak your 5th treat from the break room. Now that is true friendship..

    3. Our clients are awesome…

    Entropic GameroomDesign by ID Studios Lytx Breakroom Design by ID Studios

    Meeting clients and working with them through the entire process is a favorite part of my job. We meet with management teams that are focused on making their employees happy with new and redesigned office spaces. We have so much fun working with them to come up with inspiring and fun ideas to create amazing work spaces… frozen yogurt machine in your office, why not; a gaming room with a pool table and foosball, we can design that.

    Through the course of a project we end up spending hours and hours with our clients. Soon we know each other’s kids names and what they do on the weekends. When the project is done I get a little sad that we don’t get to visit them each week to catch-up.

    4. I can call myself a superhero…

    Designers are sometimes-superheros

    As a designer, we get to save the day every once in a while. Now and then a challenge comes up on a project, this is very rare of course, but the contractor turns to you to solve it. After a quick collab. session over coffee and donuts, the light bulb goes on, you have a solution! You return the RFI with your groundbreaking resolution and pat yourself on the back, knowing the project can go on as planned because you have saved the day.

    5. The treats….

    Treats, photo by Padurariu Alexandru  Treats, photo by Bethany Newman

    Have I mentioned we love treats? Here is the much abbreviated version of what we do as interior designers: We meet our clients, outline their design needs, come up with super rad design elements, finishes, and furniture and then wrap it up in a perfect package, complete with drawings. But this whole process wouldn’t be possible without product to choose from and it’s the people who represent those products that keep us informed on what’s new. Carpet reps, furniture reps, lighting reps, etc. And every time they introduce a new product, treats magically appear… Bundt cakes, chocolate, Starbucks, muffins, even charcuterie… it is the BEST. It also explains why my coworkers and I love working out together, and why my son loves visiting me at work. When he visits, the first thing he says is, “Mommy, you got treats for me?” I’m pretty sure I’m teaching him early that it’s good to be a designer.

  7. 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

  8. What Does My Design Process Look Like?

    Lesley Christensen is a designer with at ID Studios and started more than 3 years ago. She continues our Designer Forum section with:

    What Does My Design Process Look Like?

    The nitty gritty of the design process… It’s like seeing a celebrity without make-up. It starts with a solid base and is enhanced through the judicious use of experts, technology and a blemish hiding foundation, so what do the details look like before they get dressed up and made presentation worthy? Every designer’s down-to-earth, real-life technique is unique and I’d like to share mine.

    Listen, Get Stuck, Listen, Expand… rinse and repeat.

    1. LISTEN:

    …to the client, it’s all about them

    listen to understand not to say something back in return

    Designers can walk through a grocery store and get five new ideas, but it is not about us. Without clients – big or small, moving or staying in place, start-up or well-established – there is no place for ideas to take root and flourish, no matter how phenomenal they are. Listening to the client is the first and most important step, because with the overflow of ideas and options in a world of instant sharing, the client’s ideas provide focus and direction.

    2. GET STUCK:

    …in your head

    Doubt Is Part of the Creative Process

    This is the time when I turn my focus inward, and sort through the information I’ve been given by my client as well as my background knowledge relating to what their needs are. I call this step “get stuck” instead of the more common “brainstorm” or “ideate” because, to be honest, it usually feels like a struggle. Clients often have multiple, conflicting needs: open yet private, traditional but exciting, efficient while attractive. On complex and constrained projects this struggle to move forward while being pulled in multiple directions feels downright uncomfortable but it is critical to confidently know the projects possibilities and limitations down to the smallest detail.

    3. LISTEN:

    …with an open mind to external influences

    the creative process is a process of surrender not control

    • coworkers
    • illustrations
    • typography
    • product reps
    • that furniture designer you fell in love with on Instagram
    • loved ones
    • articles
    • Pinterest
    • that one detail you spotted on the corner of a building
    • books

    Now comes the inspiration to get past being stuck. When you come up for air from your internal thoughts any of the above can turn your head just enough to alter the way you see what you’ve been so intently focused on, and add new momentum to your process.

    4. EXPAND:

    …the ideas into a 3D environment that is meticulously tailored to the client and space

    I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else

    This is the glorious moment when all the ideas – conversations, doubt, observations and excitement – converge into solutions and a get it done mode. Success in this phase is what makes interior design a profession. A computer program could “listen” to input and generate a generic response, but to expand upon your client’s information using the other influences and knowledge at your disposal is to provide the service that takes their project and business to the next level.

    Present, Rinse, and Repeat.

    These are the steps I take to develop a project from raw idea to your finished project, where the solution is a tailored design approach specifically for your company. Ultimately, the most satisfying designs finish with a space that both the designer and client love.

  9. 5 Reasons Why Living AND WORKING in San Diego Promotes Happiness

    Jeni Champion has been a designer at ID Studios for over 2 years. She is kicking off our Designer Forum section with:

    5 Reasons Why Living AND WORKING in San Diego Promotes Happiness

    When I was growing up with my family north of Los Angeles, I spent a couple of summers visiting Pacific Beach and I remember thinking to myself, “I am moving here one day.” I have lived in San Diego for almost 10 years now and everyday I think to myself “I can’t believe I live here.” As humans, we typically take a vacation to relax, de-stress, have fun, try something new, escape the day-to-day grind, and be in a carefree state of happiness (for as long as our vacation time allows).

    We’re lucky to live where people come to vacation. We’re livin’ the dream and here are my top 5 reasons why I love it!

    1. Let’s be real, we have THE BEST WEATHER in the country

    Mission Beach Off Season by Jeni Champion

    Summers in San Diego are amazing of course, but the locals know the best time of year is October-February. So spending a Sunday afternoon in November reading a book or doing some work on Mission Bay’s quiet sand is pretty much the equivalent to the desk in your office, just with a view and some tan lines.

    2. We can wear flip-flops all year round (and a lot of us actually do)

    Flip Flops in San Diego by Jeni Champion

    I can bet that if we’re all being honest with ourselves, we don’t like shoes. We would let our sandy, ocean dipped toes free to breathe all year round if we could. The funny thing is the weather says we can, and sometimes a casual Friday at work in San Diego allows it too!

    3. So many sunset views, so little time

    Sunset at Solana Beach by Jeni Champion Sunset at the Coronado Bridge by Jeni Champion

    From Sunset Cliffs, Crystal Pier, Coronado Bridge, to Fletcher cove, they’re just so pretty it hurts. Sometimes they’re so good social media is flooded by pictures of natives marveling at the beauty.

    4. You can spend an entire weekend without your car

    Park Your Car for the weekend by Park Your Car for the weekend by

    Whether you live in Encinitas, Downtown, Pacific Beach, or North Park you can park your car at home on Friday after work and not turn it on until Monday. These communities offer us everything we need with just a walk, a bike ride, or a short trolley or Coaster ride away. We look forward to those days with NO TRAFFIC, and quick accessibility to all of those things we need.

    We don’t only crave this in our personal lives, but in our work lives too. As a designer of workspaces, this lifestyle provides insight into how we as humans function. Spaces that promote happiness and comfort also promote productivity and motivation. We’re designing spaces that people want to come to every day (even when the beach is calling).

    5. Work –Life balance

    Work Anywhere by ID Studios

    Contrary to popular belief we don’t actually all surf to work. But we do work hard so we can play in our beautiful city. We spend so many hours of our lives at work, why not make workspaces a place we want to be and are excited and energetic to come to every day.

    In order to live the laid back happy life of a San Diegan, it’s not just what we do on the weekends, it’s the lifestyle we live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.