So, you’ve got some spare time on your hands to check in with your old pals here at Techly, which means we can only assume that you’ve finally finished that little passion project you’ve been working on. A photo essay of your favourite award winning thin door hinge perhaps, or a techno tinged reworking of that folk metal song you like so much?
Congratulations, we’re not here to judge.
At some point however, you might need some help, or simply want to share you’re work with someone, which is where file sharing services such as Dropbox come in.
For those of you not sure how it works, there is a more thorough explanation here but essentially we’re looking at here is a shared folder that works via cloud storage, so that people can access the same files from different locations or devices. And, judging by the fact their site claims to have over 200,000 business clients, they would seem to be doing quite well.
Oh, and they’ve got the most bitchinest offices, like ever! They’re designed by Rapt Studios, an American design consultancy focused on creating cutting edge, brand-intensive workspaces. For an idea of how they work, here’s an overview of the work they did for another San Fransisco based company, Heroku:
From the outset, Rapt have gone out of their way to set themselves apart, through the work they create and also through the way they present themselves, describing themselves on their own profile as “a group of believers – crazy talented, intensely focused, and curious to a fault”.
“We are architects, designers of all sorts, strategists, and dreamers. We come together to create the genuine, connected and consistent experience necessary for a brand to thrive in 2016 and beyond.”
Another distinctive aspect of Rapt, and the workspace they’ve created for Dropbox, is the way in which they attempt to incorporate narrative into their designs.
In conversation with Interior Design, Rapt account executive Louis Schump described the inspiration for their latest mindblowing project as being “based on a diagram of a radially expanding village with a strong core and smaller nodes”.
From a garage punk influenced ‘jam room’ to a library styled in huge, swooping, walnut veneers and a windowless ‘deep focus’ suite, home to the coders and rapid response troubleshooters, the whole thing is geared towards expressing as much as possible about the company as a whole, the individuals who work there, and the relationship they maintain with their users and clients.
Thankfully, for those of us who don’t work for Dropbox, or indeed anyone else with a Rapt designed office space, the stunning results are available online.