I recently did a shoot for an ad agency here in Kansas City, Muller Bressler Brown, who needed images of their space and their people for their new website. The images were intended to show the culture of the agency. What I quickly discovered is that the culture at MBB does not only have to do with its people, although that's obviously a very large part of it, but also with their physical environment… one that feels clean, modern, fresh, and innovative… oh, and fun! The energetic spirit of the people that work (and play) at MBB is echoed by the space in which they do it. From a pool table in the lobby next to a wall adorned with childhood portraits of all who work there, to the open office layout under angular design elements gleaming with an MBB Pantone Green that crawl up the walls and are suspended above, to an open space in the back that is used, at least in part, to play whiffle ball on Fridays, this is the type of place that you picture when you're nearing the end of school and imagine yourself getting the perfect job where it's actually fun to go to work.
It always amazes me how deeply someone's environment can influence how they function, and when MBB worked with the architects that designed this space they made a lot of great decisions that seem to have had a lot of positive results in helping to foster the culture that this agency wishes to build and nurture inside of its walls.
The space was beautifully designed by Clockwork Architecture + Design. It is well lit, open, and modern. From the concrete floors to the wood walls and the color theme that mimics MBB's own brand, this space was designed and built by creatives, for creatives, and it's no wonder why creativity flourishes within. But no matter how great it is, a space is just a space until it is being utilized as intended by the right kind of people. The people at MBB and the space in which they breed creativity appear to be matched up perfectly.
I had a great time on this shoot and really enjoyed working with the folks at Muller Bressler Brown where I was made to feel very much at home. So a big thanks to all of them (specifically Danielle Larson and Amy Young), and I hope that we can work together again very soon.