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Wix Lounge  Sept 23, Martha’s take

This space is free.  It’s sponsored by Wix websites, which are easy to use portfolio sites for design professionals.  It’s in a really awesome location near Union Square on 18th Street, right near a lot of ad agencies.

We were greeted by a lovely British lady, who was very informative and helpful.  Lots of personality at her desk, quite a homey feel.  After giving us the password and the information of where things are (free coffee and tea, bathroom, etc), she asked us to sign up on their site so they could track all that marketing stuff that is good to do.

There are couches all over that are nice and tables with chairs that were not nice.  Our desk was somewhat wobbly.  Cell phone reception was spotty all arund, so I had to move around a bit, not always fun.

In the front there was a photo shoot happening all day, which is kinda neat to be around.  Looking over people’s shoulders, it seems that most people are designers and developers of some type.  So, in line with the Wix brand.

On average, there seemed to be a bit of a struggling artist/student vibe to the space.  Kinda dorm like, but friendly.  People did get up and chat with each other throughout the afternoon.

The bathroom is clean and has paper towels, good thing.  There is no conference room and it’s only open during the week from 10-8 (typical designer hours).

the pros:

  • Fast internet, upload speeds are some of the fastest we’ve come across
  • Friendly reception
  • Clean bathroom
  • Free coffee and coffee bugs
  • Plenty of seating options
  • Big windows in the front
  • Designers around
  • No hard sell, despite it being a sponsored space
  • International people, we heard all sorts of languages
  • If you are a young art student, you’ll find other peeps to hang with
  • The plants are alive
  • There’s a help desk for tech problems
  • They hold events

Cons

  • Some of the folks that came creeped us out a bit, most are fine though
  • Feels a bit worn out
  • Furniture isn’t great quality (Ikea office chairs again)
  • Bad overhead lighting
  • A lotta logos all over the place, whatever, it’s sponsored though

This is a good place to hit up if you don’t want to make a commitment and really want to get out of your house.

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Laurea with no one

We Create NYC Sept 23, Martha’s take

So, we went up in an old school elevator with an elevator operator.  We were greeted by some dude on the phone, who stayed on the phone most of the morning (he’s apparently the founder). There were some folks in a conference room with the door closed the entire time we were there.  And no one else.  We’re told other people work here.  It was apparently an off day.  We did however find 7 dead plants, no paper towels in the bathroom, poorly painted, desks, cheap chairs, fast internet, and 2 windows overlooking a bunch of apartments.  The windows were huge, though and there are some lovely skylights above.

We were shown free water and the internet password.  No other free beverages available.  Apparently there is free business coaching.  

They also have a venue in London, that apparently has 250 members.  They’re looking to expand into Detroit and Hong Kong as well.  The plan is for some art links between the various cities.

The whole concept is apparently based on some cognitive research and brain wave theory.  All color selections and layouts had that in mind.  Everyone has to face each other because they want the members to have conversations.  There are plans around having workshops around the concept of freelancing and something else around engineering and cognitive, brain something or other.  Talk of showcasing new art on a regular basis, ideally from new artists.

BTW, they’re sad about the plants being dead, too.  

The people who work here include a social media app tech start up, someone who freelances with Unicef and has an interest in game mechanics, a lawyer, an accountant, and someone related to Herman Miller some how.  So it’s more varied than some of the other spaces.

The pros:

  • No wait for the bathroom
  • No problem finding a place to sit 
  • All the dead plants made us giggle.  Maybe it’s a Friday thing
  • The location is great, being near Union Square is great
  • There’s a conference room, if you can book it
  • I got inspired to contribute to Laurea and her husband’s Fastest Possible blog, drawing a deadish plant
  • The founder is willing to chat about his theory at length.  Good guy to chat with about neuroscience and cognitive space design
  • There will be art featuring new artists
  • There are plans for creatively structured workshops

The cons:

  • The desks are big but not super high quality
  • The chairs aren’t high quality
  • No paper towels in the bathroom
  • 7 dead plants, weird that they didn’t throw them out

If you need a place on the cheap, check it out.  Fees here:  http://www.wecreatenyc.com/services/workspace-membership/

marthadenton Posted by marthadenton