1. 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!

  2. 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 Office

    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

  3. Life Science Market Segment Update

    Last October we announced an alliance between ID Studios and 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. As soon as we made the announcement, life science project coordinators recognized the potential. We were quickly able to make connections and start work on projects up and down the west coast.

    To date, we have seven active life science/lab projects including two with Ligand Pharmaceuticals. These projects include scopes such as core and shell upgrades, lab planning, space planning, and TI projects.

    Neurelis, Design by ID Studios, Photo by Pink Media
    Neurelis “…founded to license, develop, and commercialize product candidates for the broader central nervous system (CNS), including epilepsy and psychiatry.”

    We’d love to partner with you on your upcoming life science and/or lab project and show you how the alliance between ID Studios and ORANGEWALLstudios can be of benefit to you. See more of our completed life science projects HERE and Contact Us to get started!

  4. We’re Open!

    Last night we celebrated having all of our team members officially fully vaccinated and to celebrate that we’re open! It feels great to get together and enjoy a group happy hour at the office again, just like old times! 

    ID Studios is Open

    Please be aware that we’re following state and local guidelines for a safe reopen. Please call ahead and pay attention to signage when you come for a visit.

  5. Summer 2021: Together Again!

    As we enter the summer season, we’re excited to be able to work together again. Nothing beats face-to-face collaboration and team building and we love to see that starting to happen again all over San Diego.

    As we follow state and local guidelines, we can’t wait to see you too! Get updates on our Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social media accounts.

  6. Women of Influence in Architecture 2021

    Principals at ID Studios Recognized in the San Diego Business Journal

    ID Studios Principals are Women of Influence in Architecture, 2021, as featured in the San Diego Business Journal

    As a woman-owned business, we were thrilled to have our three women principals featured in the San Diego Business Journal’s Women of Influence in Architecture this last month. Deborah Elliott and Amy Morway are founding principals whose vision created ID Studios in 2005. Jill joined the firm as a designer in 2006 and became an owner and Associate Principal early in 2020.

    Each of the three has attributes that make them outstanding leaders and we’re proud to have them leading our firm.

    To read the entire SDBJ Special Section, go here…

  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. A Big Welcome to Cameron and Katrina

    The most recent additions to our team

    ID Studios continues to grow! This Spring two new designers, Cameron Johnson and Katrina Shea, joined the ID Studios “work family”.

    Cameron Johnson and Katrina Shea, designers at ID Studios
    Cameron Johnson and Katrina Shea

    Cami began her career working in different aspects of the Interior Design industry in 2016 while attending school at SDSU. In 2018, she took advantage of the opportunity to study abroad at the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici, then in 2019, she graduated with a BA in Art and Interior Design. Cami used her passion for interior design to work as a set designer for a series of commercials that aired between 2019 and 2021. Cami is already showing us her talent while working on projects such as Fancy Farmer, an up-and-coming restaurant in Julian, and Quadrant Solution’s corporate office here in San Diego.

    Five years after graduating from the University of San Diego with a BA in Business Administration, Katrina Shea realized her heart was leading her in a more artistic direction. She went back to school at the Design Institute of San Diego and in 2018 she earned her BA in Interior Design. Since then, Katrina expanded her industry experience at Ware Malcomb working on a dozen projects all over San Diego. Katrina is a wonderful addition to our team and is proving her worth on projects such as Muir Language Academy, Mira Mesa High School, and several life-science projects in Thousand Oaks CA.

  9. Women of Influence in Construction 2021

    Jill Russell-Layman named in San Diego Business Journal Special Section

    Jill Russell-Layman: Women of Influence in Construction Commercial Real Estate and Design 2021 San Diego Business Journal

    We’d like to thank the San Diego Business Journal for including Associate-Principal of ID Studios, Jill Russell-Layman as a Woman of Influence in Construction in San Diego. In this special section they, “highlight the women building, selling and designing properties in America’s Finest City.”

    In January 2020, Jill joined the ownership team at ID Studios and became an Associate Principal. “In addition to directing some of ID Studios’ most significant projects, like the recently completed Fish & Richardson Law Office at One Paseo in Del Mar, she also participates in the day-to-day business operations of the firm. We are thrilled that Jill has expanded her leadership role at ID Studios, and we can already see the positive impact she has made,” says Founding-Principal Amy Morway.

    President, Deborah Elliott says, “Jill has proven her value to ID Studios through her strategic client leadership as well as being on the ground floor of the amazing internal culture of ID Studios – something that sets us apart from the everyday design firm in San Diego.” She recently headed up our participation in BioCom and the San Diego HR Forum.

    See the entire section here…

  10. Our Core Values

    Enriching people’s lives through thoughtful design

    Our core values reflect our approach to our clients and ourselves. We are storytellers. We build relationships, we learn your story and we tell your story through great design. We recruited a team member to create a graphic to go along with each of our core values. We’ll feature our Core Values and the graphics in upcoming social media posts. Here is the result.

    Relationships: We are relationship-driven. We are a series of relationships, with our clients, reps, contractors and fellow employees.

    Relationships: We are relationship-driven. We are a series of relationships, with our clients, reps, contractors and fellow employees.
    by Cameron Johnson

    Family: We, as an office, are a family and our clients become our family as well. We trust each other, we celebrate each other, and we support each other.

    by Katrina Shea

    Dedication: We are fully invested in our projects because we feel they reflect our clients and ourselves as a team.

    Dedication: We are fully invested in our projects because we feel they reflect our clients and ourselves as a team.
    by Lauren Zinn

    Creativity: Creativity is intrinsic to what we do. Creative thinking drives excellent solutions.

    Creativity: Creativity is intrinsic to what we do. Creative thinking drives excellent solutions.
    by Kelsey Held

    Balance: Live, work, play, give. Balance helps us to be the best version of ourselves at work and in our personal lives.

    by Lila Zubik