Where Does Atomic Thrive?

In 2001, Atomic Object came to life in a small, rented workspace in an old red brick building in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood. In 2003, when Atomic was still young and very small, we moved west on Wealthy Street to the red brick building we now call AOHQ. We’ve grown a lot since then, so […]

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 […]

Good Eats in Uptown Grand Rapids

Atomic Object in Grand Rapids has called Wealthy Street (one of the neighborhoods in Uptown) home since 2003. We’re team of 35+ people who often want (need?) coffee, lunch, or a place to relax with friends after work. We pick up food to-go, we share pair lunches together, and we host our customers at establishments […]

An Introvert’s Perspective

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain is an interesting and well-researched book about introverts in an essentially extroverted world. By nature, I’m introverted (though consider myself a pretty well-adjusted ambivert) and found this book to be a breath of fresh air. This book has been widely reviewed, and […]

For the Love of Math

My background is in workplace design and architecture, and my skills tend toward the visual, spatial, and intuitive. I haven’t always held a love of math, and I struggled with its abstractions in school. But I’ve always had this intuition about its beauty. Like many people, I browse the news at breakfast, and one recent morning […]

Sustainability at Atomic Object

On March 27, 2013 Local First held its 5th Annual Sustainable Business Conference. I was invited to speak on a panel about sustainability initiatives in business. My fellow panelists were Marcia Rapp of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Kris Spaulding of Brewery Vivant, and Matt VanSweden of Integrated Architecture. Bill Smith of CompuCraft was our panel’s moderator. Participating on […]