Coworking is the way to cooperate with other designers and see the world to learn new things either from your coworkers or from the surroundings. The main point of this business model is that people are able to work far away from the place where they have to send their finished tasks. It’s the way to see new countries, watch their color schemes and combinations, talk to people who could look at your works from a completely different point of view. And it’s really easier to survive in a foreign place together.
So, why not work in some exotic country where you might find lots of inspiration sources for your creative tasks? There are 4 countries that are worth to have a look at as your future coworking residence:
- The Netherlands
- South Korea
Let’s clear the issues from the very beginning – in this article we don’t talk HOW we get to these countries, we talk WHY they are worth to pay attention to.
1. Thailand: Bangkok, Ko Samui, Chiang Mai, northern part of the country, Koh Phangan, Pattaya.
# 1 on many coworkers’ lists. It’s a country where you might rent a house and work sitting on a balcony with a fascinating view and get inspiration 24 hours per day. Thailand is the paradise for web-designers, for the Internet is good and the surroundings are exotic. Here you can seat and meditate over a page layout for ages (if your deadlines let you do that).
- Bright colors, either in natural landscape or in hand-made constructions. Even the car colors might seem wild for an eye that got used to fine but dull black, gray or dark blue!
- If your coworkers and you settle down in some beach town you’ll enjoy the ocean view and palms, the blue sky and sunny weather (except for the raining season and actually it’s not raining all the time.)
- If you live in the North of the country you’ll meet a lot of interesting people from all over the world because many international universities are located there. So, here you’ll discover a lot of peculiar places, creative and active people with thousands of ideas and thoughts.
- Thailand authorities and laws are strictly against foreign penetration to the country’s economics. So, you can freelance there as a tourist, take it into consideration and be careful about the laws.
- At least one large Internet resource is censored in Thailand. It’s Twitter. Good that this social tool is not very important for web-designing.
Thailand is a cheap country, so you can rent a house and buy an Internet modem for coworkers’ company. And keep in mind that you won’t find lots of ads in the newspapers or on the Internet about house renting if you’re looking for a living space for coworkers cheaper than $350. The reason is that estate agents get a fee on every deal; the higher the rent, the more money an agent gets. That’s why no one is longing to deal with cheap houses. So, the way out is to wander around and look for the For rent ad.
2. The Netherlands, Amsterdam.
Yes, the Netherlands. Why can this country be regarded as an exotic one? Most of the limitations that are regular in other European countries do not work here. Freedom, not in its absolute sense but much greater as anywhere else, is exotic nowadays.
The Netherlands is the great choice for the designers who closely work with advertising agencies. DDB Amsterdam, Nothing, Novocortex, Lust, De Vringer Graphic Design, Lava Amsterdam and many other famous advertising agencies that you might visit or cooperate with to get some fresh ideas.
- The biggest coworking centers like Bovendebalie, Deskowitz, The Hub Amsterdam, etc. are located in Amsterdam but it’s possible to work in various parts of the country every day since the distances are microscopic; you just have to discuss it with your coworkers.
- Designers would surely appreciate the richest collections of masterpieces by Dutch artists, visit van Gough’s museum, enjoy modern art installations, etc.
- The variety of color schemes rocks! And what did you expect from the country which national color is orange?! Go and visit flourishing tulip fields, first!
- The Internet is everywhere, its quality is high and the prices are handsome.
- If you live in a small town, there won’t be a lot of entertainment places visit or peculiar things to see or talk to interesting people.
- The cost of living in Amsterdam is high just like the level of living in the whole EU, so coworking could be a way to a cheaper rent.
The Netherlands is also very popular among coworking adepts for its squatting traditions. The essence of this approach is that any idle premises can be in less than no time occupied by a creative crowd that won’t pay anything as a rent. So, that could be a way out to compensate for expensive living in the EU zone and original sources of inspiration.
3. Republic of Korea (South Korea), Seoul.
Industrial designers would weep for joy in this country where futuristic building designs peacefully co-exist with traditional Korean architecture. Coworking there is a good way to think out something that would really strike the minds. It’s an entirely new world with a completely different life style that could give you a good kick in your … slipping creativity and turn your usual design approach on its head.
- Today Republic of Korea experiences a real tech boom in all spheres. Electronics, cars, architecture… Isn’t it nice to see all these wonders and get inspired? For example, you might try to find place for coworking in Seoul Space, Co-up (the only inconvenience, the website is in Korean) or East4, etc.
- The free Internet can be found in any building, restaurant or even in public transport. For some of you coworkers it might be a big plus. And the country is small, so, if you go somewhere to get an inspiration injection you will never be lost and have the Internet access literally everywhere.
- There’s a nice inspiration source for minimalist graphic designers in Korea. Hangul is the Korean alphabet that was invented 600 years ago but it was officially introduced only 100 years ago. The challenge of this alphabetic system is that it consists of only 5 geometric elements – a horizontal line, vertical line, two diagonal lines and a circle. But the number of symbols aspires to infinity.
- The majority of the Koreans use Internet Explorer. Hence, the overwhelming majority of the Korean websites are designed for IE and in any other browser they won’t work correctly. Take it into consideration if you are going to check Korean websites or create some design for them.
Lights and shadows are very important for designers and for a group of people who are going to live and work together for some time. So, when choosing a place of residence, make sure there are… windows there! It’s natural for us that every room has at least one window, and it’s absolutely irrelevant for the Koreans! So, be attentive.
4. India: Goa, Bangalore, Indian part of the Himalayas, New Delphi.
India shakes you to the core. It’s the land for illustrators. Bright colors, sharp contrasts, brilliant tints, architecture, wall-paintings and sculptures that are thousands years old. Designers coworking here might be a dream.
- The sense of coworking in India is that you should stay away from big cities and their coworking centers. Small local cafes with Wi-Fi are the so-called civilization centers because you can meet other people with the necessity for the Internet there. Such cafés could be named coworking centers in India. But if you’re still looking for an equipped office to work and chat, you might anchor in Moonlighting center, for example.
- One of the well-known photographers said that pink tints in India are just like the business blue for Europeans and Americans. It’s worth to see that color scheme.
- Indian cloths are a great inspiration sour?e for illustrators and web-designers. To make it sure, watch the female workers leaving a spinning-mill in the evening – you will see a great variety of patterns on their cotton cloths.
- Bangalore is also a very interesting place for a designers’ coworking community. There are a lot of universities and research centers. The city is also IT-Mecca where you will meet IT-engineers and technical specialists from all over the world. There are a lot of activities for web-designers like seminars, exhibitions, meetings, etc.
- For most of us who are used to the strict time management, the life style in India will seem to be slow. Very slow. Much slower that we’re used to. Before you go to India, ask yourself, wouldn’t its tempo harm the time frames of your tasks?
- The Internet speed and stable traffic are vital. And coworking designers in India should think about it beforehand since the Internet speed in some places leaves much to be desired. They say that it’s better to buy ? WiMax modem.
It happens. Blackouts are not rare in India. And only expensive office centers and buildings have their own energy generators. So keep it mind if you’re going to rent a space somewhere else by a coworking center.
The bottom Line
Changing places and seeing something new always gives a push to the imagination and fresh approach which is very important. Korean websites design can direct you to some unusual UI elements, the Indian unhasting life style could make you stop and re-think some web-design ideas, the Dutch rollicking tempo would be an ideal shake-up and the Thai colorful surroundings are a perfect source of inspiration.
And why coworking? It’s always better to have someone who speaks your language in a foreign country, it’s cheaper to rent a living and working space, it’s a possibility to exchange ideas and generate the new ones.
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