Having a well-designed and comfortable office space is important. It is, after all, the place many of us spend the bulk of our time each week. At Toi, we’ve just recently moved offices, and we’re really happy where we’re at now—especially since we got the coffee machine up and running.
That said, this is 2012 and, for as long as I can remember, my “desk job” as a designer has never been tied to any specific desk. In fact, most of the Toi team tends to roam during the week, working from home occasionally, from airplanes while we’re on the road, and from coffee shops around town. Armed with MacBook Airs, MMT’s Mobile Monitors and iPhones, we get out of the office when we can to keep the inspiration flowing.
While most of us tend to work offsite in isolation, every once and a while we get out of the office together for a workday field trip so we can experience new things, eat (amazing) new food, and put our heads down and focus on some of our work in a brand new environment.
Today we went to Pasadena and camped out at Intelligentsia Coffee, downtown on Colorado Street.
If you live in LA and you’ve never been to Intelligentsia, you need to get off your couch and go right now. Order a cappuccino. They’re incredible. Promise:
We also had a chance to stop at Cousin’s Maine Lobster for one of their legendary lobster rolls—they ship the lobster overnight from Maine every day—for lunch. The lobster was melt in your mouth good, and the bread was absolutely incredible. I’ll be back for seconds (and thirds, and fourths).
I would show you what we worked on, but that’s a secret. We’ll be updating our portfolio with more new work soon, so stay tuned.
Workday field trips have actually become a fairly common once-a-month thing. So expect more notes from the field coming your way soon.
In the meantime, you should get out more.208