How to Pick the Right Colors and Office Artwork to Improve Employee Productivity

Posted by Miko Carating

Some of the most critical elements of office design don’t jump out immediately. OK – there could be an ostentatious statue of a tiger in a lobby, or a set of “napping pods” (looking at you, YouTube!) in a corner, but more often than not, the aspects of office design that have the most influence on a company’s mood and productivity are subtle.

One such thing is simple: color. The color of a room has a dramatic impact on those within it. For example, warmer colors or earth tones have both been shown to encourage conversation because they have a disarming affect on people that are surrounded by them. On the other hand, blue is considered to be the “color of concentration,” and while it might diminish communication, it encourages individual productivity 

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If You Want Office Art, You Need More than Just an Interior Designer

Posted by Mari Silipo

Transforming an unfurnished commercial space into a welcoming and comfortable work environment on time and on budget requires professional expertise. For many companies, the first (and sometimes only) step taken in achieving this goal is the hiring of a commercial interior designer.

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Artists and Entrepreneurs – Strange Bedfellows?

Posted by Jason Gracilieri

When I first met my wife, she laughed at the thought of going out with me.  She couldn’t imagine that we’d have anything in common.

You see, she’s an artist and I’m an entrepreneur. But after some diligent wooing (more on persistence below!), I eventually convinced her that I was worth a shot. We’re now married, and we’ve both discovered that we’re actually a lot more alike than either of us had thought.

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4 Ways That Office Artwork Improves Developer Productivity

Posted by Kristof Redei

This is the sight that greeted me each morning at my last job. OK, I occasionally pinned up a wrinkled photo of my family Christmas celebration or a score sheet from the last company laser tag outing. (We were all manhandled by our accountant – we called her the "Death Dealer.") Even so, it didn't do much to ease me into the “flow state” needed to craft some solid code.

At TurningArt, the cubes are gone in favor of an open floor plan, with twelve people sitting in one room of a converted hair salon. Keeping the foot jacuzzis probably would have sent my productivity through the roof, but although that wasn't possible, I still feel a lot more engaged than I used to. Part of the reason is that we practice what we preach. Every employee at TurningArt has control over the office artwork in their vicinity and can change it up whenever they want.

Software engineers, like all knowledge workers, are happier and more productive when our work environment inspires us to put in maximum effort every day. The artwork in our immediate vicinity can have a big effect on that, in several different ways.

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How One Little Robot Brought a Team Together

Posted by Mari Silipo

Today, we caught up with our friends at Addgene, a Cambridge, Massachusetts - based non-profit that helps scientists share plasmid research.

They were very sad.

After two weeks, they finally had to throw out the silver spray-painted boxes, old computer parts, random gadgets and homemade silver caps that were lying around their office.

“It was hard to part with them…emotionally,” lamented Laura Veckerelli, a member of the office support team.

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TurningArt Staff Picks: Fall Favorites

Posted by Katie Olson

There’s nothing quite like autumn. Even if you’re not in a place that experiences the cooler weather and changing colors in these months, the season still evokes feelings of coziness, warmth by a fire, and cool walks among crunchy leaves. Here are a few of our favorite pieces that exemplify those feelings of fall.


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Look at the Bigger Picture to Find Affordable Office Artwork

Posted by Shannon Ames

Most of us can agree that having art in the workplace is a good thing. But, how companies go about getting the right office art for their brand and space can vary. Companies seeking to add art to their office space are faced with several steps in order to get the job done right. Each of these steps can involve a different contact, and comes with its own set of costs. From the selection process through to installation and maintenance, companies looking to find and keep art affordably need to look at the bigger picture when approaching each of the steps below:

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The Fresh Art Effect: Why Rotating Artwork is More Meaningful Than You Might Think

Posted by Miko Carating

Whether your company is faced with office relocation, remodeling, or moving into its very first space, creating a welcoming work environment is instrumental in establishing your company’s culture. With mounting research demonstrating a causal link between employee well-being and productivity in the workplace, thoughtful investments in decor and design, including rotating art have become the new normal.

Factors such as furniture, lighting, plants, and open floor-plans are significant in contributing to a productive environment, but artwork maintains a unique ability to serve the aesthetic atmosphere while also communicating a direct and positive message about a company’s culture and value--even through its presence alone.

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Three Key Spaces that Can Be Made or Broken With Office Artwork

Posted by Caitlin Dowd

Outfitting an office with the perfect art can be a challenge. Certain spaces don’t just need great artwork; they need the right artwork to that achieves a specific purpose. Art can certainly help companies achieve certain goals such as improving client communication and attracting skilled new employees, but consideration must be given to the space in which this happens. Here are a few key spaces to consider when selecting office artwork.

 

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What You Need to Ask Yourself Before Installing Your Office Artwork

Posted by Mari Silipo

When it comes to installing office artwork, you have two options: hire a professional or do it yourself. The process is not as simple as one may intuit, so, naturally, we recommend hiring a professional. Nonetheless, for those do-it-yourselfers, here’s a list of things to consider before you pick up a hammer.

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