Shortly after being forced out of Apple Computer, Steve Jobs bought a small computer manufacturer named Pixar. In 2000, he relocated the company to an abandoned factory. The original plan called for three buildings, with separate offices for computer scientists, animators, and the Pixar executives.
Jobs immediately scrapped it. Instead of three buildings, he wanted a single vast space with an atrium at its center.
As Pixar’s Ed Catmull explains, “The philosophy behind this design is that it’s good to put the most important function at the heart of the building. Well, what’s our most important function? It’s the interaction of our employees. That’s why Steve put a big empty space there. He wanted to create an open area for people to always be talking to each other.”
Jobs saw separated offices as a design problem. He shifted the mailboxes to the atrium, then moved the meeting rooms, cafeteria, coffee bar, and gift shop to the center of the building. “The atrium initially might seem like a waste of space,” says director Brad Bird. “But Steve realized that when people run into each other, when they make eye contact, things happen.”
Jobs insisted that the best creations occurred when people from disparate fields were connected, especially in an age of intellectual fragmentation.
Steve Jobs knew his team could send a message throughout the Pixar building in a millisecond, but he created an environment that encouraged interaction. Intuitively we know Jobs is right. The content of any message can be sent and delivered around the world instantly. The context of the message is the part that helps people understand each other. For that, we still need the best communication technology ever conceived – human contact.
If you’re thinking about tackling a kitchen renovation project, you’re probably looking for as much design inspiration as possible.
And one of the best places to find that inspiration—and peruse some of the hottest interior design trends of 2020? Instagram.
A recent study from Wren Kitchens (outlined in an article in REALTOR Magazine) analyzed 500,000 Instagram posts to identify the platform’s most popular kitchen design trends.
According to the study, the most popular design styles on Instagram for kitchens in 2020 include:
Can We Say "Thank You" Enough?
This year we have a better deeper understanding about the value of work. Work is precious and doing what you love is even more valuable. Not everybody gets recognized for the value of their work, but thankfully most people continue to provide value for selfless reasons.
And right now, we have a lot of people who are compelled to continue their work, even without proper recognition.
Over the past few months, we have truly discovered that not all hero’s wear capes. This Labor Day we have a new class of hero called “Essential Workers” to celebrate, acknowledge and thank from the deepest part of our hearts.
A sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone who continues to provide the value we didn’t even know we needed.
Happy Labor Day!
Hakuna Matata - It Means No Worries... For All Your Real Estate Days!
COVID-19 is still creating a lot of uncertainty—which has many homeowners wondering whether now is a good time to sell their home.
Well, as it turns out, now isn’t just a good time to sell your home—it’s one of the best markets to sell your home in years.
A recent article from realtor.com outlined the top reasons why now is the perfect time to sell your home, including:
Hello, my name is Mark Hewitson with Maryland Real Estate Professionals and Remax Realty Plus.