For our month of design it has been difficult to choose which example projects we should highlight, or in which order – after long debate and argument, where mugs and pens were thrown, insults exchanged and claim and counterclaim made over what you would like to see – we turned the News off and opened the portfolio.

We decided to start this second article at YOUR beginning.

If you’ve been in business a while you have probably employed someone who hadn’t started senior school when your company made its first sale. Someone who may not have even been born!

After recovering from that shock – you then hope that these fledgelings were taught something useful while in fulltime education… but there’s more to learning than turning up and being talked at.

What do you want from your employees? Well, that, of course, depends a lot on what kind of business you are.

If you are going to be successful you first need to know who YOU are – not just what you sell; what you stand for, why you do what you do – you need a clear idea of what your identity is so you can explain that “character” not only to your customers but to your staff – a shared identity leading to a clear vision of your aims and ambitions.

That takes a particular mind-set. If your staff can’t get on board with your ideas your chances of achieving those ambitions are seriously compromised.

This is why Design is so important in schools – (of course it helps if you have teachers who can explain this to their students) – Design integrated into schools and colleges has a lot of benefits:

A better learning environment – everything designed for buildings where lessons are taught or study is the main aim, should be educational or inspirational or both but never boring.

When it is done that way, the very walls cause questions to be asked.

The information displayed in an attractive eye-catching way (not simple photocopies stuck to doors with blue tack) inspires.

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More than this though – with a school brand running through it – Design can explain and encourage a positive ethos, a sense of belonging and a true sense of identity.

Coming out of establishments that encourage an understanding of community built on those identities, students are pre-prepared for the ethos they, should, encounter in the workplace.

Wall GraphicsWe will talk more about this next month, but in the meantime what you may want to think about is this:

If a school has asked us to help integrate design into their classrooms, hallways and signage – and their students are leaving school with a sense of achievement, community and pride – are you ready with your own ethos to fill the gap?

Will your company identity continue to inspire and enthuse these still young minds? Will Design, integrated throughout your business, help them to help you achieve your company’s aims – and their ambitions?

Give us a call to find out how Design in the Workplace may be different, but needs to be just as inspiring – or – if you’re a school who haven’t created an environment that integrates design or even has staff that don’t know how to explain this to your students – you might want to give us a call too.

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