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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
touches come from Lundberg Design, which fabricated a lot of
the woodwork. Those are manzanita tree branches suspended over a
But then they have really boring, under-designed areas like this.
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]