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

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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62 Comments

1. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

That's some colors... :D

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

4. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 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 :)

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

33. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 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.

41. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

49. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

61. UdhaiyaPrasanth

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 05, 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...

10. papss unregistered

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

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

18. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 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

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

25. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 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

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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?

35. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 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

38. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Agreed 100%. +1

37. papss unregistered

I could say the same about you and countless other too

14. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

19. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

28. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

36. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

53. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 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! ;)

24. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

All I had to do was look at your avatar and see why you don't either. I prefer Android and iOS. Problem?

59. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

27. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

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