Inside Twitter's Expanded SF Offices: Birds, More Birds. Also, Birds

Twitter unveils its expanded bird-themed headquarters. It's downright Hitchcock-ian.

Twitter HQ

Last November, Twitter fetched up at generous new headquarters in San Francisco's SOMA district. Just six months later, the social networking site has annexed more space. Next up: Twitter takes over @world?

Let's hope not, at least not for design's sake. The decor's pretty basic here; it looks like it was whipped off in a few days, which considering that the company expanded from about 50 employees to more than 200 in half a year, it probably was.

The eye behind both spaces is San Francisco designer Sara Morishige. She also happens to be married to Twitter co-founder Evan Williams.


So the place is lousy with bird graphics. Birds. Twitter. Tweet, tweet. Get it? "The bird decals were custom; traced from a photo I took while visiting @ev's dad," Morishige says of the original source, @ev, of course, being Williams.


It's a cute idea if used sparingly, but man, they just knock you over the head with this stuff. They've even got birds embedded in the conference table. It's almost Hitchcockian.


Morishige collaborated with 3 Fish Studios on some of the art work.



More Twitter-themed art. Do you really want to be reminded of where you work all the time? Maybe Twitter employees do. It's one of those offices that has a bunch of "lifestyle" features to pander to its cool-kid staff. Fifteen years ago, that meant beanbags and pool tables. Today, it's yoga rooms and vegan food. Twitter hq, naturally, has both. That's the cafe below.


The nicest touches come from Lundberg Design, which fabricated a lot of the woodwork. Those are manzanita tree branches suspended over a reception desk.


But then they have really boring, under-designed areas like this.


Companies are always using glossy new offices to pound their chests about their brilliance or creativity or whatever. Consider Facebook's headquarters, which fairly drip with ambition -- every incandescent bulb meticulously planted, every Eames Molded Plastic Rocker perfectly arranged. Twitter, on the other hand, seems unsure about the story it wants to tell. Is it whimsical or serious? Powerful or scrappy? Here's to hoping they have a clearer vision for the service itself.

[Via Michelle Kaufmann]

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