The Creative Workplace | Book Review

Inspired by OFFSET 2015 and the creative workplace of some of  its speakers, Roads Publishing has produced a book featuring some of the world’s most innovative and beautiful workplaces, all in one sharply produced book.

The Creative Workplace opens with an introduction from our good friend and human man, Rob Alderson, who is the former editor-in-chief of It’s Nice That, and a frequent contributor to The Guardian, The Financial Times and the Creative Review. Rob kicks off with an introduction to creative workspaces and why they work, throwing in for good measure, a few facts, figures and science to boot.

Everyone works in different ways and for people in the creative industries, the office or workspace acts as the physical embodiment of a company’s ethos. The creative workspace needs to not only inspire but also make a huge statement. The Creative Workplace goes through the keyhole to studios and offices around the world and explores creative environments and how they developed their own unique style.

From bold statements like 72andSunny and their reclaimed UCLA basketball court floor from the 80’s to Hvass&Hannibal and their airy office, which features a very cute built-in loft bed/bookcase, The Creative Workplace covers an eclectic mix of personal touches. The book also gives great insight into how studios develop their own identity, like Studio Output, an East London agency, who took over an old factory building and worked sympathetically to restore its period features.

The Creative Workplace is jam-packed with stunning photography from a veritable list of the top agencies, studios and offices around the world. The alphabetical list of workspaces, is a who’s who, of the creative industry and is definitely a must-read for anyone starting out and looking for inspiration or anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of the industry behind the scenes.

The Creative Workplace is published by Roads Publishing, a division of Roads Group. It’s available to buy here and you can check out other publications by Roads Publishing here.


Words by Orlaith Ross
Photos by Lauren Pritchard