Solving spaces &
Evolving Workplaces.


Great design, delivered well.

Complex problems, solved simply.


A large proportion of our work comes under the banner of 'workplace design' - but what does that mean? Most people associate this with office design, but that’s not always the case. What we actually do is work with our clients to solve the design challenges of the places and spaces they work, wherever that may be. It could be a 20-storey office block, or it could be a recording studio, a military base, a university building or an engineering workshop. Workplace design doesn’t always have to mean desks, chairs and overbooked meeting rooms.

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More than just workplace designers.


Key to our success are the analytical and visual tools we invent to help communicate ideas. We have developed in-house software that can visualise property teams' estate data and drawings within a game engine environment. Here they can be intuitively explored and presented, globally and easily.

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We have taken the inscrutable backbone of space planning, the space budget, and transformed it into an interactive online tool for users to participate in scenario planning live. Might not sound like much, but it allows us to work alongside our clients to accurately forecast future models, together.

We are also developing live tracking and 3D visualisation of occupancy, based on wifi signals - also pretty nifty.




iDEA in motion? We certainly are.


Increasingly, and especially this year, we are supporting our projects and clients by producing videos and animations to summarise developing strategies and design development. These add to the content we edit, host and manage on our project comms portals, providing further conversations and involvement between clients, staff and consultants.

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You should check us out on YouTube and Instagram to see more of iDEA in motion. Whilst you're at it, check us out on LinkedIn too - just search @designedbyidea to find us.




University challenge, accepted.


We have cemented our position as niche briefing and accommodation masterplanners across the HE sector. Having worked with over a dozen of the UK's top universities, we currently have live projects with the universities of Hull, Manchester, King's College, Royal College of Art and UCL. These range from a full design scheme for the RCA, to accommodation masterplanning and strategy for c. 600,000m2 at UCL.

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This is a sector where we have benefited from client retention and client referral. Great work, delivered well. Complex problems, solved simply.




Perfectly formed.


For a practice of our size, we're proud to trumpet our range of clients and projects, but why not take a look for yourself.


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  • The things that keep you going! #sorrynotsorry 

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  • New year - New brand? No, we're not rebranding, but you might be considering it. And we can help. ⁠
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We're probably best known for our workplace designs, so you may not know that we have been quietly creating successful identities for a multitude of clients over the past couple of decades. ⁠
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From simple logos to full identity rollouts (with all the guides and templates you could ever need to help you along) we work with you to help you define and promote your voice - creating something simple and memorable in the process. ⁠
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As with any other design we create (be it furniture, workplace, web or plan) we draw on the same basic design principle: great communication. ⁠
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We seem to have an uncanny ability to quickly get to know you and understand what you do. This mostly involves chatting - and maybe that's why we enjoy it so much. ⁠
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So if you have a brand problem, and you fancy a chat, feel free to get in touch. We'd love to show you what we can do. ⁠
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  • As we begin a new year, wellness in the workplace is at the forefront of our minds. ⁠
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As you may know, we have been virtually convening every week, to share ideas about anything and everything in the world of design. ⁠
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Our wellbeing session was particularly pertinent and sparked off some great discussions. ⁠
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We passionately support investment in our staff mental health through @mhfaengland ⁠
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If you’d like to become a mental health first aider we’d encourage you to visit their site and learn more.⁠
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2022 will be an opportunity to use our position as workplace designers to help ensure workplace wellbeing is near the top of the agenda. ⁠
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#wellness #mentalhealth #mindfulness #healthyliving⁠
#workplacewellbeing #employeehealth #workplacehealth #workplacestrategy #employeewellbeing
  • Happy new year to one and all! ⁠
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We hope you have all had a safe and enjoyable festive season!⁠
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  • Competition time while you watch a film or that Christmas special you missed. ⁠
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Caption this - "________"⁠
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  • #ThrowbackThursday to our Christmas party we had in #Oxford a few years back. We had a fantastic time. Turns out we scrub up alright...⁠
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  • A different type of Christmas get together for us this year as it has been for so many, we are very thankful to have been able to see those that could come in a big open space at @ntattinghampark for a walk and some festive refreshments. Some even came in festive outfits...⁠
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  • Creative Club. Where we show off work that our creative staff have made.⁠
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