Category Archive: Our Projects


  1. Project Highlight: Tandem Admin Center

    Rhythms of Life

    Promoting a healthy lifestyle is a key part of the mission for Tandem Diabetes. Tandem brings an innovative approach to diabetes management through the manufacture of insulin pumps and an integrated treatment platform and ID Studios is helping Tandem Diabetes bring an innovative approach to their workplace. Inspired by natural processes and the biological rhythm of life that helps our bodies maintain a healthy, balanced daily routine, we introduced a relationship to circadian rhythms through a color palette inspired by sunlight phases. Collaboration areas are activated with warm oranges and bright happy yellows while heads-down spaces are balanced with cooler grays and calming blues. This color palette, along with a variety of work environments bring balance between energetic spaces and comfortable connected spaces.

    We’d love to help bring innovation to your workplace too. Contact us to get started!

  2. Project Highlight: Quadrant

    We’d like to highlight a project that was recently completed for Quadrant here in San Diego.

    This high-tech, magnetic solutions company gravitated towards an industrial style integrated with natural materials and organic textures. Branding was infused into the space through bright accent colors, bold signage, and a custom graphic film design. Subtle details hint at branding such as the rounded corners found around the office that mimic the rounded corners in their logo. Natural light from the extensive perimeter windows was taken advantage of and Solatubes were added to bring more of that light to the interior spaces. The ultimate goal was to create flexibility to allow this growing company to expand.

  3. Back to School: Logan-Memorial Educational Campus, Phase 1 Complete

    Focus on Student-Centered Learning Environments

    Transitional Kindergarten through 8th-grade students heading back to school in Logan Heights will be in for a treat! A new campus, built on the grounds of the original K-6 school will evolve into a remarkable K-12 school called the Logan Memorial Educational Complex. For now, Phase 1 of this project is complete and has started welcoming kids through grade 8 into the campus.

    Photos by Stephen Whalen

    ID Studios’ FF&E expertise along with the architect, DLR Group|BakerNowicki‘s design talent and Balfour Beatty Construction‘s strength have brought this project to life for generations to come. We can’t wait to see Phase 2 complete!

  4. Back to School: New Student Housing Project Planned for San Diego State University

    Focus on Student-Centered Living Environments

    Pierce Education Properties invited ID Studios to collaborate with KTGY Architecture on a build-to-suit, six-story off-campus student housing complex dubbed “College View Apartments” and located just blocks away from the San Diego State University campus.

    With the desire to create a fun, energetic, modern design aesthetic, ID Studios designed furniture groupings for maximum flexibility in the common areas. The ceiling surfaces are highlighted with saturated hues and modern lighting and full-height glazing fills the interior with natural light and provides a connection to the exterior.

    Construction is expected to be complete in Fall 2023. College View Apartments will be home to more than 300 students of this growing university.

    Another collaborative project between Pierce Education Properties and ID Studios is the Avenue on College Apartments near the University of Bloomington.

  5. Unique Interior Accents: Rope

    Over the years, we’ve used some materials that provide unique interior accents, but a favorite is rope. Whether it’s to add visual interest and texture or to enhance the theme of the space, check out some of the places we’ve used rope as a design element in our projects.

    In the “Cantina” at the WD-40 Company Headquarters, rope was used as a reference to the rough building materials to help reflect the many facets of their customer’s lives. See more about this project HERE.

    At the Nautilus Tavern, rope was used as a reference to the name of the restaurant and the usefulness of rope in nautical applications. See more about this project HERE.

    In the café at Mission Federal Credit Union, rope was installed to add visual interest (and some acoustical qualities) to a seating area. See more about this project HERE.

    At a confidential Pharmaceutical Company, we used rope to draw interest to the feature staircase that connects the two-story break room. See more about this project HERE.

    Do you have a unique product you’d like integrated as unique interior accents into your project? Get in touch and our creative designers will show you how we can make it shine!

  6. Bringing the Indoors, Out

    Enriching the “Outdoor Office” and Collaboration Experience

    Did you know that many of our projects involve designing outdoor spaces? San Diego has the perfect weather to take advantage of the outdoors, and after a year of outdoor activities to stay healthy and safe, this renovation happened just in time. After living in their 250,000 s.f. space design by ID Studios over a decade ago, this Medical Device company planned a total renovation of their private, exterior “back yard” with five primary goals:

    • Support the New Outdoor Healthy Workplace Culture
    • Enrich the campus experience,
    • Reinforce a sense of place,
    • Encourage collaboration and
    • Consider maintenance and sustainability.
    Outdoor Meeting Space and Amphitheater

    Our design team leveraged their extensive open outdoor space providing indoor/outdoor collaboration and plans to enhance the first-floor cafeteria which now provides access to a variety of fresh air opportunities. ID Studios, in collaboration with Spurlock Landscape Architects, added several shade structures that anchor outdoor meeting spaces and integrates power and technology to make sure everyone can be productive. A large presentation area accommodates all-hands meetings, firm-wide presentations, or social events.

    Outdoor Office

    Check out more project photos here

    Photos by Stephen Whalen

  7. Fish & Richardson featured in Floor Focus Magazine

    Aiming to create a comfortable work environment

    In the May 2021 edition of Floor Focus Magazine, our very own Deborah Elliott was featured in the Designer Forum column. Here’s a taste of what she had to say about our client, Fish & Richardson, including a focus on the flooring choices for their new office design.

    Fish & Richardson design by ID Studios, photo by Pink Media
    Fish & Richardson Lobby

    Fish & Richardson, a global intellectual property law firm founded in Boston in 1878, has represented some of the world’s greatest innovators. The firm played a crucial role in patent litigation during the development of the light bulb, telephone, radio, automobile and steam engine and its early clients included Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright brothers.

    “When the firm planned an expansion into a new office in Southern California, Fish & Richardson expressed a desire to show a purposeful relationship between the professional nature of the firm and the relaxed welcoming environment shared by employees.”

    Read the full article here…

  8. Announcing a New Partnership Between ID Studios and ORANGEWALLstudios

    ID Studios is excited to announce our alliance with ORANGEWALLstudios. This partnership was formed specifically in response to the increased demand for highly qualified lab planning and cutting-edge workplace design services in the Life Science sector. Over the last 15 years, ID Studios has designed hundreds of facilities that support positive workplace culture and drive innovation. Many of these projects have been in the San Diego Life Science sector. Now, with ORANGEWALLstudios on board, we have expanded our lab planning expertise with the design and planning of wet and dry labs that support immunology, genomics, biochemistry, and neuroscience, as well as support spaces such as vivariums. Combined, our firms are a solid technical and design force on the west coast.

    Neurelis, Design by ID Studios, Photo by Pink Media
    Neurelis Lobby

    As an example of one of ID Studios’ Life Science projects, we recently completed design and construction for the offices of Neurelis, a company that received FDA approval on a new seizure cluster rescue treatment. Their new workplace is built into a hill overlooking Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve where the views offer a powerful connection to nature, promoting health, happiness, and progress among Neurelis’ staff. The workspace design integrates natural materials to enhance the wellness mission of the company and provides natural light to each person while bringing the outdoors in.

    Acadia Pharmaceutical, Interiors by ID Studios, Photos by Studio 512
    Undisclosed Pharmaceutical Company Break Room

    ID Studios also recently designed the new headquarters for an Undisclosed Pharmaceutical Company located at the brand-new mixed-use development, One Paseo. This company created the first and only medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis. Their offices integrate the latest technology while maintaining a Southern California loft feeling and planning for new social distancing attributes as well.

    Inova Diagnostics, Headquarters design by ID Studios, photo by Anna Rowland
    Inova Diagnostics Lobby

    Inova Diagnostics is yet another client in the local Life Science industry that ID Studios has worked with on several refresh and expansion projects. Nestled in the eucalyptus groves of Scripps Ranch, Inova is a leader in autoimmune diagnostics, delivering highly accurate reagents and efficient automation to labs throughout the world. The combination of state-of-the-art labs and healthy office space for these innovators, just add to the already successful company output.

    With ORANGEWALLstudios’ extensive experience in Lab planning and ID Studios’ expertise in workplace design as well as over 1.5 Million SF of history in this arena combined, it is clear that our approach is what makes us an exceptional choice for companies who care both about their technology solutions as well as their people.

    With this new partnership, ID Studios has now expanded its outreach with additional office locations in Oakland, CA and Portland, OR. ID Studios’ headquarters remains in Solana Beach, CA. We look forward to partnering with more life science companies in the future to create environments that support exciting new innovations in Life Science.

  9. The Lytx Experience: A physical space to tell a story of their passion for safety

    The Lytx Experience was originally conceived when ID Studios helped design the company’s corporate headquarters several years ago. Founded in 1998, Lytx is the world’s leading provider of video telematics, analytics, safety and productivity solutions for commercial, public sector, and field services fleets. Dedicated to saving lives and reducing risk on the road, their vision is that no commercial driver will ever be the cause of a collision. Their clients represent the biggest brand names in for-hire and long-haul trucking, distribution, passenger transit, waste and recycling collection. They wanted a physical space to tell a story of their passion for safety.

    The Lytx San Diego campus is comprised of two buildings and is home to over 500 employees. Designed to foster Lytx’s team-oriented, casual, startup culture, the space is bright and welcoming, and includes a cafeteria and gym, collaboration spaces, focus rooms, and a game room. “During our original design and build-out for Lytx in 2015, the company’s focus was to create an environment to support their rapid growth and strong, positive employee culture. Appropriate at the time, their first Experience Center was an enclosed area with flatscreens and podiums displaying products. It was functional in terms of showing the evolution of the company’s product offerings, but it wasn’t an engaging and immersive brand experience,” says Kelsey Held, senior designer for ID Studios.


    In 2019 Lytx reached out to ID Studios to transform the room into an interactive space to capture the spirit of the company’s culture of customer-centered innovation and employee engagement, and to convey the company’s industry leadership and brand positioning. The redesigned room would function as the foundation for any client or prospect visit to the Lytx campus. Lytx now hosts visitors in a tour through the Experience Center, showcasing the company’s mission, values, vision, technology, clients and employees. Spanning everything from a touchscreen that highlights the latest data on how many clients Lytx supports, to key areas of driving risk in the U.S., to videos about Lytx’s clients and their safety cultures, to overviews of Lytx employee volunteerism and community support, the space provides a panoramic view of the company.

    A physical space to tell a story of their passion for safety. Lytx Innovation Room, Design by ID Studios, Photo by Eddie Bojorquez


    ID Studios worked closely with the team at Lytx to design the flow of the room. “We dedicated quite a bit of time to establishing the narrative they wanted to convey,” says Jill Russell-Layman, associate principal at ID Studios. “Safety is at the heart of everything they do. Their clients work with Lytx to help keep their drivers and employees safe and their businesses operating more efficiently.”

    “In the redesign, we removed an existing glass partition that enclosed the space and opened the area to the main path of travel. We added graphics on the front glass to draw attention to the company’s focus on “Video for Good,” says Held. “We were able to incorporate a lot of customer infographics and content from Lytx’s in-house marketing and communications team – taking materials they developed and working them into the overall theme of the space to tell their story in a cohesive and engaging way.”

    A physical space to tell a story of their passion for safety. Lytx Innovation Room, Design by ID Studios, Photo by Eddie Bojorquez

    The story unfolds

    In the new space, the history of Lytx unfolds across interactive panels. It starts where Lytx began – with the story of a road-rage incident that ricocheted into the invention of a whole new product category for transportation safety: Video telematics. Stemming from the origin story is a timeline of their products from the very first physical prototype to their most current model.

    “We were so excited to finally have a physical space that communicates the story of who we are as a company.”

    Tonya Cross
    Senior Vice President, Human Capital – Lytx

    Opposite these panels, is an entire wall showcasing Lytx’s 140 patents. The next grouping of panels highlights the connection Lytx has with its clients. “Wrapping the outside of the room, there is a panel dedicated to their Driver of the Year and Coach of the Year award winners. We worked out a detail with the signage vendor so that the plaque with the winners’ photo could be swapped out each year without replacing the entire panel,” says Held. Flanking the other side of the space, visitors will find a large interactive touchscreen panel called the “Lytx Engine” and a “ticker” which virtually counts the number of miles of data collected per second by their software.

    A physical space to tell a story of their passion for safety. Lytx Innovation Room, Design by ID Studios, Photo by Eddie Bojorquez


    The heart of the company

    Company culture is central to the employee experience at Lytx, so it’s only fitting that the three podiums at the center of the Lytx Experience are dedicated to the company culture. “Just as their culture is the heart of their company, these podiums showcasing their culture are the heart of the Lytx Experience. We showcase their mission as a company, their dedication to giving back, and photos of staff and company events to communicate that the employees are part of something bigger,” says Held. The podiums were designed and custom-built for the room with the intention of avoiding too much construction disturbance and cost. The podiums were able to house carefully concealed battery-powered LED lighting without needing to add costly power cores to the floor.

    Shining the light

    Lighting helps guide visitors through the room. “We brought in backlighting on the panels which accentuates the layering effect that they have jutting forward and back from the wall. The podiums have a ring of light around the top. The lights are wired with a motion sensor and are set to turn off after the area is inactive for a period of time,” says Kelsey.

    A physical space to tell a story of their passion for safety. Lytx Innovation Room, Design by ID Studios, Photo by Eddie Bojorquez

    Powering the next decade

    “It’s very rewarding working with a company like Lytx. Their culture is incredibly important to them and they’re deeply committed to what they do and their broader role in making our communities and roadways safer. When we presented the initial design, the Lytx team literally jumped out of their chairs in excitement to see something that reflected who they were,” says Held.

    In the end, we were pleased to be able to fulfill their desire to have a physical space to tell a story of their passion for safety.

  10. 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!