In the creative industries of graphic design, architecture, advertising and digital media, your workspace is a huge statement. It needs to inspire your team, excite clients and firmly cement your aesthetic. Published by Roads Publishing, The Creative Workplace opens the doors to studios around the world and asks creatives what their workplaces say about them.
With an introduction by Rob Alderson, an arts and design writer and editor based in London, and formerly Editor-in-Chief of It’s Nice That, this chunky board-covered publication utilises a modular grid to bring a wide range of visual sources together harmoniously. The taxonomical nature of the publication – noting everything from the square footage to the sometimes remote and wild locations – meant that textual information needed to be accessed quickly, focussing the reader on the breadth of visually arresting interior spaces. The graphical ‘speech bubble’ device – housing the title and quotes throughout – derives from the most basic open-doored floorplan of an office cubicle.
The 3mm greyboard cover is mounted on a traditional threadsewn soft cover, giving a tactile gravitas to the book when first picked up.
The image-rich interior pages are printed on 100gsm Munken Lynx Rough in 5/5 (full colour plus a vivid green spot colour). The eye-popping contrast between the process yellow and the spot green are used to full effect throughout the publication.