31 March - 1 April 2016

Saïd Business School, Oxford, UK

Design Spaces

Benjamin Humphrey Atlassian

Session type: Case Study
Session duration: 45 minutes

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About this Case Study

You can't take creative people, stick them in sterile, lowest cost per square foot spaces, and expect them to achieve the best work of their lives. At Atlassian, we've been focussing heavily on the design of our work spaces, to create flexible, engaging, delightful, and yes productive places for our teams to work in.

It's about a lot more than foosball tables and beanbags, and we think what we've learned can have value from a freelancer's home office, to entire buildings (like ours). As our organisation has evolved from its engineering roots to incorporate a large design team, so have the needs of our office space to help us work together as multi-disciplinary teams.

Hear Benjamin Humphrey from Atlassian talk about the creative spaces Atlassian designed that have scaled with the changing needs of their teams and what they've learned about the benefits of creating better environments through thoughtful design.

About the Speaker

Benjamin is a product designer, front-end developer, and entrepreneur, currently working as a Senior Designer on growth & product strategy at Atlassian. Over the past three years, he has worked on a broad range of projects and products including the Atlassian Design Guidelines, JIRA, Confluence, and HipChat.

Before joining Atlassian, Benjamin worked on Delicious post-Yahoo, founded a New Zealand design conference called UX Design Day, and contributed to the Ubuntu & Linux open source communities.


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