Nature Matters – Insights on Biomimicry

Biomimicry, biophic design, nature-based design — these are all terms that describe how natural systems offer powerful models that influence the built world (including architecture, workplace design, and technology). It’s all about finding design inspiration from nature to solve human problems. Here are some insights on biomimicry and the potential it holds for long term […]

Space Matters – Workplace Design Insights

Space matters. And Atomic Object Grand Rapids is at the front end of an exciting workplace redesign to enable the activity in our old building. Recently, my colleague Matt Fletcher pointed me to a great book: Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft. This book is a wealth of […]

Is Your Chair Your Enemy?

A few years ago, I bought a height adjustable work table so we could experiment with standing work postures versus sitting working postures. A few people tried the stand up table, but it took awhile for anyone to really stick with daily use. In the last year that all changed. Justin was the first Atom […]

Headphones Are Dangerous

As any friend of Atomic knows, we have a great open office environment and matching open culture. But not all open offices are created equal. My previous employer had the layout of an open office, but not a truly open environment. A fully open environment means new ideas are shared, problems can be globally solved, […]

Workplaces: Designing for Interaction

I’m a workplace designer by professional experience and education. As Atomic Object’s multi-tasking business manager, one of the many hats I wear is as its workplace planner and designer. Before joining Atomic Object, I researched and designed leading edge workplaces for Herman Miller. The Harvard Business Review is not my typical go-to source for insights […]

A Good Year for the Atomic Roses

Elvis Costello sings the melancholy tune, “A Good Year for the Roses.” The song has stuck with me, but the sad sentiment doesn’t match the colorful riot of rose blooms showing in Atomic Object’s parking lot this summer.