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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (19 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470713836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470713839
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 2.1 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Full colour pictures and detailed case studies provide a valuable insight into the most innovative companies " ( In Design, May 2010).

"For the past year, Groves has been travelling the offices of some of the most successful companies in the world. As well as showcasing some envy–inducing workplaces, the book explores the relationship between the working environment and corporate productivity. Groves′ book concludes that providing a stimulating environment filled with extensive leisure facilities and areas for relaxation is key to creating a more profitable business." (The Independent, April 24, 2010)



′...[goes] behind the scenes of 20 famous brands...provides an insight into what it is that makes a space really work...′ (Design Week, June 2010).

′...reveals some of the world′s most inspiring and innovative places to work...includes easy–to–adopt principles...′ (DeZeen.com, May 2010).

′...a valuable insight into the most innovative companies around today...some realistic and easy tips to follow for small home–offices.′ (In Design, May 2010).

′...a peek inside the most inspiring work sapces, showing how certain initiatives...encourage creativity and emotional engagement.′ (Psychologies, June 2010).

highlights some of the most imaginative and effective workplaces around the world, featuring big names such as Google, Nike, Bloomberg...   (FM World, SEptember 2010).

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Revealing some of the world′s most inspiring workplaces, I Wish I Worked There! investigates the way 20 famous brands have put innovation at the heart of their culture. Photographs and illustrations detail the way in which companies accommodate creative activity through spaces that: stimulate, enable reflection, promote collaboration and encourage play. Easy–to–adopt principles assist the design, creation or selection of spaces that support creative endeavour. Never before has a title looked specifically at how the working environment fosters the flow of ideas from both practical and emotional perspectives with business results.

  • Each case study is extensively illustrated with new photography by Edward Denison and diagrams by Will Knight that detail activity.
  • Behind–the–scenes interviews reveal insights that show what makes a space really work, while business metrics evidence the birth of ideas, breakthroughs and successes.
  • Includes foreword by Ivy Ross, Executive Vice President of marketing for The Gap Brand at Gap, Inc.

Featured companies:

Aardman Animations, Ltd ∗ Bloomberg LLC ∗ DreamWorks Animation ∗ Dyson ∗ Electronic Arts ∗ Google Inc ∗ Hasbro ∗ Innocent Drinks ∗ Johnson & Johnson ∗ The LEGO Group ∗ Nike Inc ∗ Oakley ∗ Philips Design ∗ Procter & Gamble ∗ Sony Design ∗ Sony Music ∗ T–Mobile ∗ Urban Outfitters ∗ Virgin ∗ Walt Disney Imagineering

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This book vibrates with optimism. Thank god that there are some out there who believe that business can be more than just money, but that it makes lives better and feeds the creative soul.
I loved seeing this inspiring collection of organisations that have the balls to do something different. Not just about bean bags and fairy lights but about making the environment a core part of their employment and competitive proposition.
Nice production, great pictures, and linked together in a simple way that helps us all follow the thinking.

There's hope for us all!
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This book was incredibly useful in considering how the design of my workspace can encourage creativity and innovation. The book is easily approachable, and full of useful content, and the photos are gorgeous. I appreciate the balance between being fun to read and offering practical lessons. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to improve innovation in their company (or their own work-lives) through the design of creative spaces.
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A fantastic review of some of the best places to work and so refreshing to see how the little things make huge differences. Spending so many hours of the day within the workplace, its lovely to see how companies have taken this into consideration and made their space an exciting and relaxed environment for their staff. It makes the working day so much more fun to be in! Having worked within the recruitment space and trying to explain a certain type of culture to candidates, 'I wish I worked there' does exactly that. It inspires to think differently and creatively. It's also beautifully illustrated and a treat to look through I Wish I Worked There! A Look Inside the Most Creative Spaces in Business
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I have now bought and given 20 or more of these to my clients, a number of whom are featured in the book. This is the best put together revelation of what helps good people be great systematically by giving them an environment that inspires them, informs them and gives them permission to do great things.
Just superb.
LEGO is both featured and one of my oldest clients. Even they loved the book and got great value from it. So can you.
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an amazing insight into 20 of the most creative organisations on the planet, but what makes it so different from all the other creativity and innovation books is that it breaks down into easy to understand, bite sized , lessons that can be applied to any organisation. If you want your organisation to live creativity then you should buy this book. And it's well sexy looking too!
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