Flad Architects Featured on 3M Website

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Flad Architects' creative design process for a carpet competition was featured on 3M's website for utilizing an unexpected, but familiar, office supply as a design tool - Post-it notes.

A design team in Flad Architect’s San Francisco office recently entered a carpet competition to design a rug pattern for a non-profit group working for the women of Afghanistan, ARZU Studio Hope. Although the team’s entry itself did not win any awards, the design process took a creative twist and led to unexpected recognition from innovative technology leader, 3M.

Led by Annette Jannotta, IIDA, the team utilized a familiar office supply as a design tool: Post-it® Pop-up Notes. The team began the design process in a traditional way, tossing around ideas. Not feeling particularly creative or inspired, they started playing around with a pad of Post-It Pop-up Notes. Suddenly, they were having fun and their creativity “blossomed.” As a result, their inspirations have been recognized on 3M’s website entitled, “Inspired by the simple things: How to jump start creativity.” (see link below)


"Play is essential to the design process. When you play, you can invite everyone to play along with you – the design team, clients, and consultants. Play brings inspiration. Inspiration brings the story to design – those moments of wonder. And with a strong design story, the entire team, working towards a common goal, benefits." said Annette Jannotta, IIDA, Flad Architects.

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Flad Architects specializes in the planning and design of innovative facilities for healthcare, higher education, and science and technology clients. Serving clients globally, Flad is a recognized leader in resolving complex needs of knowledge-based organizations.

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