The 99U team of contributors spans the globe: from illustrators in Italy, Spain, and South Africa, to writers in Australia, the US, and Germany, we have collaborators across four continents in eight countries. We asked a handful of our regular contributors for a glimpse into their current work spaces, home offices, and other unique setups, as they adjust to a new remote work landscape and creative work environment.
Seth Godin once wrote, “who you hang out with determines what you dream about and what you collide with. And the collisions and the dreams lead to your changes. And the changes are what you become. Change the outcome by changing your circle.” The coworking space and community Friends Work Here in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn is a space where those collisions happen.
Words by Madeleine Dore + Photography by Paul Jun and Tory Williams
If the Olympics are the biggest sporting competition in the world, then yuru-chara is the biggest spectator sport. Here’s what you can learn from the designers behind these furry, fumbling characters.
After spending 10 years in the Spanish countryside, painter Joseba Sánchez Zabaleta needed a change of scenery. So he and his wife traded in the wheat fields for the sea, and have landed in a valley that ends in the mountains of Morocco across the Strait of Gibraltar. Not a bad spot for a live-work studio.
Words by Lee Magill and images by Cristina Beltrán & Sue Callister
Today we start from Berlin’s subway, the U-Bahn, because the subway is where most people start when they arrive in a new city. More precisely, we’ll start at the steady, silent ticket machines of the U-Bahn: bright yellow boxes that…very…slowly…print out fragile tickets that leave ink stains on your fingers.
Words by Madeleine Morley and header image by Ina Niehoff.
Walk along Grace Street in San Francisco's evolving South of Market district during the day and you are bound to miss No. 49, a nondescript box of a building that is the live-work space of one of 2017's American Architecture Award winners. Pass by it at night, though, and you are bound to stare at the glowing structure in wonder.
Words by Lee Magill and images by Bruce Damonte
From ramshackle, historic zine shops to luxe, modern art book temples, here’s our definitive list of the world’s best design-oriented bookstores. We originally started with 10, but quickly realized that wasn't nearly enough, so we’ve expanded the list to 46 (and we’re game for another update in the future).
Skateboarders zoom along the wavy planks of Tel Aviv's new boardwalk while beachgoers soak up the Mediterranean sun. A little further inland, couples and families, locals and tourists alike, linger amid the geometrical flower gardens of the cultural center of the city known as Habima Square. Yet that is just about where the term seaside town loses its relevance as a descriptor for Israel's second largest metropolis.
Images courtesy of Tel Aviv Tourism
By 2010, the London-based creative agency AnalogFolk, a digital startup launched in 2008 by Brit Matt Dyke and American Bill Brock, had expanded within its original space in East London past the threshold of comfort – close to 40 people were working in a space meant for 30. “We wanted to make an investment in the environment, so that people are able to think more laterally” says Brock. “We also wanted a place where clients would want to spend time with us.”
Images courtesy of Analog Folk