After moving out of Boulder (I’ll update my keyword targets soon, I swear), I’m relearning what it’s like to drive in a major metro area again. Time, gas, and anger. I’m caught often this week kicking myself over the time I spend behind the wheel. This morning however, a 45 minute drive to downtown Denver rewarded me thoroughly, as I met with Fayoke Longe of the Matter Design Agency – a Denver Design Agency.
You bet I’m giving them some link love; their space alone deserves it. Describing it to other colleagues today, I used the words “a truly creative space without the ego.”
Walking through the front door, you’ll be greeted with a variety of Matter design projects turned product, with a few retail shelves of print packages, off-beat greeting cards and custom print t-shirts hanging on the wall. Walk around the corner and you’ll be greeted with the above view – a flex space that continues into their print shop, and back into more storage and flex space.
The place just kind of keeps going, with a small Mac-based creative studio upstairs, coffee bar, few offices, and small library. This all within spitting distance of Coors field and lower downtown Denver, and I think it to be a place I wouldn’t mind showing up for work.
I say all this, because having spent an hour+ in the space, fewer times have I felt as comfortable visiting someone else’s professional space than I did here. Maybe it was the Americano which greeted my arrival. Maybe it was Fayoke, collected and calm within her own space.
“Oh there’s ego here, we must just hide it well.”
That they do, with skill, creativity and rough-edged gold nuggets of design scattered everywhere over a dozen years of doing business. I left that office inspired to write and do.
Did I mention they do Waffles on Wednesday? I’ll be visiting again.