Work & Co Open House
Get a glimpse of Work & Co's Portland office to see how digital design and technology are shaping the way people interact with brands like Apple, Lyft, and Google. Explore the space and chat with company leaders about the specialized skills needed to create world-class mobile apps, retail experiences, e-commerce platforms and connected digital products.
Work & Co has offices around the world, from Brooklyn to São Paulo, that blend design, engineering and strategy for their clients. But their office here in Portland, was named by Dezeen as one of the top 10 office spaces in the world. Come see this sleek, open workspace that inspires and infuses its inhabitants with a beautiful combination of form and function.
We caught up with Rupal Parekh from Work & Co to find out a little bit more about what makes Work & Co unique, and get the inside scoop on products they will feature at the open house.
First, congratulations on being named one of Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019. What do you think sets your firm apart?
Work & Co's model is unique in a few really distinct ways. We believe in digital design and development being housed under one roof, which enables us to support client needs from concept through launch. We also focus on a more flat organizational structure that allows us to emphasize mentorship. There is no single CEO of Work & Co, but we use a partnership model, where all of our partners share the same space as everyone else, and continue to code and design every day. Beyond this, our passion is creating the digital products that millions of people love using every day—whether it’s redefining the future of retail for Apple, extending the reach of Planned Parenthood’s content to underserved audiences, or helping Acorns democratize investing.
Can you tell us about a recent collaboration that excites you?
Our new partnership with IKEA is exciting. We will be working across their full ecosystem of digital products, including e-commerce, mobile apps and in-store experiences. We just opened our sixth office in Copenhagen, across the river from IKEA's headquarters in Malmo, Sweden.
Are there specific apps, experiences or digital products that will be featured during the open house?
During the open house, we’re going to feature Lyft's web revamp, Aesop and Rapha's e-commerce platforms, Philz Coffee's mobile app, and Planned Parenthood's new chatbot Roo.
What prompted you to have an open house during Design Week?
We feel passionate and responsible about being an active part of the Portland tech and creative community. Opening our doors and inviting folks in for conversation is something we are very committed to doing in 2019 and beyond.