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Where color is born: a photo tour of Nokia’s redesigned offices

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Where color is born: a photo tour of Nokia’s redesigned offices
Nokia is now best known for its colorful handsets - cyan, red, yellow, all those vivid colors stand out in a world of uniform black and silver slates. The Finnish company however takes pride in reflecting this new vision in not just its devices, but also workspace. A new project to redesign the company headquarters (Nokia sold its HQ building and rented it back), brings all those colors into meeting rooms and offices in a typical Nordic design fashion.

Simple and colorful, those are the ideas that drive the looks and feel of the redesigned Nokia offices and now for a first time we get to peek inside one of the biggest phone manufacturers.

Nokia grew Lumia sales to a record 7.4 million in the second quarter, but Microsoft’s platform just cannot get enough traction to compete with the big two, Android and iOS. Still, it has now comfortably settled into third place, way ahead of ailing BlackBerry.

It’s a tough time for Nokia. The two-year transition period that kicked off in February 2011 is long over and the company is under pressure to deliver better sales. Slow Windows Phone updates and a surprisingly low marketing effort for the heavy hitter Lumia 1020 however maka us wonder whether Nokia can really pull this off. Hopefully, it will.

It’s employees definitely got plenty of stimulus with those new cheerful offices. Take a look at how the Nokia HQ looks now right below.



source: Nokia.fi (translated)

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posted on 07 Aug 2013, 08:21 1

1. AmitMajumder (Posts: 79; Member since: 21 May 2012)


That's some colors... :D

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 08:23 5

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Instead of redesigning their offices, they should be redesigning their phones. They all look the same (like the Galaxy line.)

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 08:29 14

4. Altair (Posts: 324; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Ahem... If you look at Nokia Lumia 920, 925 and 928, you can see quite good and different designs. Nokia is well known of its good quality and super cute designs.

When you look at Galaxy or iPhone devices, you cant quite say the same :)

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 08:54 9

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


They all look the same. The only one that looks different is the Lumia 1020 and 925.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 08:57 3

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3007; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


925 is every way different looking. I like that one.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:02 4

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Which is why I said Lumia 1020 and 925...

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:32 2

33. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 148; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


A line of phones must have a similar design language for consistency and easy recognition, while also having enough differences to make each model distinguishable. Nokia is doing a good job with this.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:58

41. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3007; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You dog you...
You edited your comment and added '925' didn't you? XD
Don't tell me no cause i read it...

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 12:49 2

49. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You can't edit comments after 2 minutes, so the answer is no.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 00:52

61. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


They all look the same from the front. Agree. But I can surely differentiate between a 1020, 920, 925, 928, 820 and 720 if someone placed it against their ears or hold them in their hands to take a picture (i.e. exposing the rear side of the device). Whereas, I can't do the same in the case of an iphone or a galaxy! Just because they are all made of either polycarbonate or aluminium, it doesn't mean they are iterating the same looks...

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 08:58 6

10. papss (unregistered)


And the one, Moto, nexus,apple line of products... How dare they make a cohesive group of phones like everyone else!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:03 5

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I knew you'd be here. Anything with Nokia written on it you're bound to comment.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:11 7

18. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


you have commented too so why cant he, and his comment was fair.

basically i think he's pointing out you haven't said the same about every other manufacture that have unified there lineup on there articles yet like many will point it out if nokia do it as a negative.

plus whats wrong with him been here, jut respond to what he's stated

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:14 3

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I noted Samsung, who recycles their designs on almost every single model. Is that enough for you?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:19 1

25. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


not really, see your missing the point of what ive said

the point been people on here love pointing out on nokia articles things others do but as negatives against them in these articles and yes some will throw in the galaxies or iphones etc but they never put the same comment on the samsung articles

but the real point is why does it matter anymore? as long as the base design isnt offensively ugly companies with keep them unified

you may have a busy day ahead now as you should be going onto all other articles about companies that do this and commenting. fairs fair right

also would like to know what you have against the one above commenting

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:33 2

34. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I get your point, and I agree to a certain extent, but like I said in comment #32, OEMs should change the designs of their phones, especially Samsung. The designs need a refresh. If HTC can do it, why can't Samsung or other OEMs?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:42 1

35. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


ive always said samsung need a major overhaul in the design department and build quality. but sadly this is how the industry is now, its all image and marketing

there's no personality in phone deign anymore, all are unified to allow the lower range of device live off the high end devices name. when people here ''galaxy'' they will think of the s3/4....all lower range phones in the same brand will be picked mainly thinks to been associated to the s3/4 etc.

face it marketing is what matters now, they can keep the same design and thanks to there marketing it will sell. and look at this site the amount of fanboys here proves its working as they cant see passed what there fed by whatever company they attach too

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:49 1

38. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Agreed 100%.

+1

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:48 1

37. papss (unregistered)


I could say the same about you and countless other too

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:03 3

14. akki20892 (Posts: 3406; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


the asnwer is u r totally wrong dude wrong.........look at all lumia they r different, except 920, n9, 800 and 1020.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:07 4

17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lumia 900, 920, 928, 800, 810 have exact same design. The placement of the flash is either above the camera or to the left.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:11 3

19. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Lol. Do you really think the 928 belongs in that group? I've had my 920 sitting next to one and they are nothing alike. The 900 and the 800, however, do follow the same design.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:16 3

23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The difference between the 920 and the 928 is the speaker grill at the bottom. Slightly different, yes, but my point still stands.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:24 1

28. akki20892 (Posts: 3406; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


they both looks totally different, look at design not speaker grill or camera flash lol

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:45 1

36. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


That's not the only difference. The entire shape of the phone is different. I have held them both in my hands at the same time. They do not look the same.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 13:40 2

53. Altair (Posts: 324; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


No, your point doesn't stand at all. 920 and 928 both have totally different design language. You should see them by yourself before commenting. You are just making yourself looking bad here.

When looking at your avatar, I assume you are Apple fun. Dude, you should concentrate your energy on Cupertino. Those guys have used the same design from 2007! ;)

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:19 1

24. akki20892 (Posts: 3406; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


dude, look at his profile and see phones. u will know it why he is not believing.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:26 1

30. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


All I had to do was look at your avatar and see why you don't either.

I prefer Android and iOS. Problem?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 16:15

59. akki20892 (Posts: 3406; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


do u know i'm using android right now........problem?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:21 2

27. timukh (Posts: 162; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Dude they all look almost the same because nokia wants it to be like that. Every company has its own design language. All samsung phones look the same for the very exact reason. So that customers can identify even from a distance that this is a lumia and that is a galaxy without any need to switch on the device or see the logo or something else. Name me a company that has changed the design of its phones in the past 2-3yrs. Even apple stuck on its design of the iphone from 2010. Everybody does the same. Its not big a deal. Only when they see the market too cluttered and confusing then only they change the designs. Thats all I wanted to say.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:30 1

32. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I agree with you. I will add that HTC releases phones with different designs and look great. My whole point was for OEMs to change the design of their phones as using the same design concept gets boring.. The S4 is a great phone, but the design is left to be desired. Impressed with the HTC One. Beautiful phone.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:51 3

39. papss (unregistered)


HTC different? That's why this year we will see three variants under the one tag and all look identical

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 11:48 1

45. Diazene (Posts: 123; Member since: 01 May 2013)


the lumia 520 doesn't look a bit like the 620 (but it does look like the 521), the 625 is different too, so are the 720 and 820, and the 822, the 810, the 920, the 925 and the 928 are all different (+ the 1020 of course)

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 08:28 1

3. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


It's Puke Yell'a!!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 08:32 6

5. Arsen (Posts: 30; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Stupid Nokia. instead of redesigning their offices, they should redesign their OLD LOOKING STORES.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 08:42

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3007; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I kind of agree...colorful stores would give them a fresh and playful feel.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:00 3

12. papss (unregistered)


I've never seen a Nokia store before

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:05

16. akki20892 (Posts: 3406; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


u can't jump on 5th or 6th stair, u have start from 1st that's what nokia doing right now. stepping up

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:15

21. rms.max (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


M$ is so slow... :(

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:26

29. akki20892 (Posts: 3406; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


true said.........lumia 1020+

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 08:37 3

6. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Nice and, might I say, Finnished. Too bad they use that Tilistic OS on their smartphones.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:00 5

11. papss (unregistered)


That os is way more organic feeling than the other grid based os

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:15 3

22. tech2 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Ever heard of android ?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:21 1

26. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


yes im sure most people have, whats your point?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 11:39 2

43. tech2 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Well, my point is android can be customized to whatever way you like or want. Also, it has widgets & shortcuts and can be taken away from the concept of 'grid based os' as much as you want (if dont like grid based os that is)! Which is not possible with Windows' Tilistic OS

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 11:48

46. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


talking to someone using android and yes there's customization but does that mean just because there's launchers imitating another os that the os is redundant.............answer no it doesn't.

besides many android layouts can be summarized as the same, the clock and few shortcuts on screen....customization is good but not for everyone. im using the wp8 launcher because i find the tiles more refreshing and just easier on a day to day basis

your also forgetting that yes android can mimic wp8 but wp8 in its own right is smooth and a great experience to use. why do you android elite preach freedom yet when someone likes a non android product you spend your time shoving a choice they obviously didn't want down there throats

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 13:18 1

50. tech2 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


What on earth are you talking about ? Did I say anything about android imitating Windows Phone ? Did I mention anything about custom launchers ? I mean seriously do you have some sort of reading disorder ?

I just said how to make it look apart when you are not a big fan of grid based OS. BTW, I just mentioned widgets and shortcuts, those are the two very basic steps to do that. You don't need to be an android wizard to do that.

My other point was, since you 'find the tiles more refreshing' there will be a time when the freshness is gone. And at that day you can just switch it off which is not an option for Windows Phone users.

Lastly, I didn't shove anything down on anyone's throat. I just said since he was not a fan of grid based os there is no need to rule android out completely as it can be changed to look otherwise.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 13:34

52. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


god your dense arent you, im using what you said about customizing android how you like to say that no mattr how much customizing you do there's still room for other os's and even when android can imitate another os that doesn't mean there's no need for others

are you able to follow?

and what you mentioned doesn't offer anything that takes it away from the grid menu, widgets and shortcuts for the home screens fall straight into the class clock and shortcut look i mentioned so thank you for proving that all that potential customization is lost to most of the general market. only some will invest time to really make a change.

as for the tiles will one day not be refreshing, the same applies to the launchers on android which most again ave the same standard look of icons and clock. wont a user get bored of this no matter how much they re-arrange there widgets? the same principle applies people get bored no matter what when there invested in changing the layout of there phone every week or so.

and lastly no where did he rule android, all he did was say something favorable about wp which on this site is refreshing then the standard hate from fanboys who cant see passed android

ive answered your entire comment so dont reply repeating anything again im not here to repeat myself and answer the same thing over and over

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 14:08 2

56. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Dear God, you're so square (I wanna pull out my hair)!!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 14:39

58. tech2 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


OMG, you are painfully hilarious ! My stomach hurts :'D

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 13:51

54. Altair (Posts: 324; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


#tech2

Laugh! Another Android fan with customize argument. I have an answer for you and your OS! ;)

While you are customizing your "stolen product" with "another row of icons from -90", I am enjoying most innovative and fresh OS while getting laid!

When you are thinking about your following trolling message, know that me are others are having fun with you knowing that you and your OEM already payd license fees for Microsoft!

Cheers! ;)

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 14:36 2

57. tech2 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Someone is a big beliber faaaaaaaaaaan !!! BTW, did no one tell you this is not twitter and hashtags don't work here ?

Anywho, so you are telling me you are using a phone (well I guess you can call a Windows Phone a phone atleast) while getting laid ? Is it because you had a pre-mature ejaculation in a threesome and now all you can do is to sit in a corner and take pics in night mode and show off the only innovation you have in past 2 years ? Awkward :/

'others are having fun' is making loss year over year fun ? Who knew !

Here this should help you out:http://www.wikihow.com/Stop-Premature-Ejaculation

Just Bing it, eh ;)

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:05 1

60. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


No, it's because he's watching porn; his only source of sexual exchange. BTW, that was too funny, premature eJac; is it premature if it's his normal?? Just wondering (5 seconds is awfully short)?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 14:05 1

55. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


lol ... +2

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 09:52

40. papss (unregistered)


That's the grid my space os I'm speaking about

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 10:49 3

42. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Organic in what way? You touch an oversized tile that looks like a blanket and it executes an action?? Those dreaded tiles are so huge that Helen Keller can see them (from her grave)!! There's nothing organic about that OS; it's about as contrived as the new mandatory healthcare system in the U.S. (can't say his name, NASM is watching)!!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 11:44

44. muhsen (Posts: 257; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


"You touch an oversized tile that looks like a blanket and it executes an action" ?????? what the hell ??
it seems u don't know anything about windows phone 8 (or windows phone in general ) ,u r till stuck in the window mobile era it seems...so why don't u keep ur sarcasm to urself ?? and please don't comment about something u don't know about, and educate urself b4 jumping on to comment !

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 12:29

47. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Okay Mr. Windows (Mobile) Phone 8 sophisticate, please explain to us that magical process of birth when those mystical tiles are stimulated. And, please don't leave out the slightest minute of enchantment it brings you??!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 12:46 1

48. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8113; Member since: 14 May 2012)


"You touch an oversized tile that looks like a blanket and it executes an action?"

LMFAO.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 13:28

51. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


so what u click in android tiny little static icons that u sometimes misclick left right or what

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