Project by: Hum Creative
Location: Their own offices in Seattle
We started out of our founder Kate Harmer’s house in the University District. After a few years of building clients, and making awesome stuff for awesome people, we got our own office space in the Pioneer Square district. Since we started in a home, and work like a family, we wanted our office space to stay away from any corporate feeling.
We actually loved parts of working out of a house. Everyone sat close to each other, which meant we were always engaged in conversation, and we had lunch together every day. We also had two loud french bulldogs who serenaded us with snoring and snorting all day, bringing us presents from the outdoors and helping us remember to take breaks.
When we found a place in the historic Pioneer Square district of Seattle, it was exactly what we wanted. The neighborhood is one of the most beautiful in the city, and recently small shops and restaurants are giving it a second life. We’ve always prioritized being part of the community in an active and thoughtful way, and moving into the middle of that energy was ideal. The official office space is 1500 square feet, on the 5th floor of a brick office building tucked above a beautiful mercantile, and Grand Central Bakery (which comes in handy).
When we moved in to the new place, it wasn't much to look at. There were closed in offices, dark beige walls, and the ceiling and carpets were brown. It was claustrophobic, and all that light that you see was totally blocked. So we painted it all white, knocked down the extra office walls, revealing the beautiful windows, and installed ply wood flooring. The space is really open, with a huge common area for our desks so we can all sit together, a little nook for a general meeting table, and a private room for separate meetings. We painted the space white, which reflected the light that comes from the huge south-facing windows. All of our furniture is from Ikea, which may not always scream “personalized style!” but worked with our budget. Almost all of us are designers, so we knew we could put our personality into it. We didn’t want having all white walls and furniture to feel too stark, so having plants around helps a lot with warming the space. So does our color coded bookshelf that runs across one of our walls, and the bright yellow cafe stools at our meeting table.
A favorite element of the space is the book ledge running across the east wall. It showcases a mix of our work, and things that inspire us as a group. It’s an ever-changing palette that tells us what each of us is into at the moment, and helps us share our inspiration. Kate brought a couple of her favorite prints from home, like the Pink Pearl print by Jordan Crane, and a Depressingly Awesome print by The Reference Library.
Finally, we love the front wall with illustrations that welcomes people to the office. It’s full of little jokes and weird things, and encourages visitors to remember that we’re a nice, easy group of people to work with. And so far, it’s been great! Many a selfie has been taken with that wall. And as a studio, all we could ask for is that the space we've created makes people as comfortable and inspired as it makes us
Thanks, Hum Creative!
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