We have developed a simple and effective manifest to live by in the studio: “love” and “respect” (I) yourself, (II) others, (III) art and (IV) nature.
(I) Love and respect yourself: a healthy work life balance, staying healthy physically and mentally, taking the time for sports, relaxation, meditation, inspiration and reflection, but also diligent work.
(II) Love and respect others: we always search for diverse, social, kind and respectful people (clearly stated in our vacancies). Our studio is diverse, our goal is to be open and to get inspired by what each of us has to contribute. Whether it be the interesting conversations of all the different cultures, backgrounds and interests or our little ‘ritual’ of bringing your favorite food and drinks to share. Seeing and experiencing things from different perspectives makes for better and sometimes surprising ideas and solutions.
We also search for social collaborations. We recently worked on developing 2 small schools in Harare, Zimbabwe for Sprout Coding on a pro bono basis. Sprout Coding is an initiative to learn coding to young adults and empower the next generation of underprivileged students. We are happy to have been able to contribute to this beautiful initiative.
(III) Love and respect art: We seek for analogies and inspiration in art and use it in our projects to make our projects more meaningful and connected. Craftsmanship is part of making art – something we put emphasis on.
(IV) Love and respect nature: Nature is an important source for inspiration for our designs. Nature (sunlight, greenery, skies) is always part of our design, encouraging users to become more aware of it, thus hopefully treating nature (more) respectfully.
We believe that the outcome of the unification of our manifest results in “beautiful designs”. We try to touch people by emphasizing certain universal values of which people can resonate and get inspired. This, to us, is one of the important and powerful things of art; to inspire (and animate) people.