The 21st Century Office

In the modern office we have access to everything from the latest technology to comfortable sofas, healthy food and office branding.

Here at Spiral we regularly produce bespoke designs for our customers’ offices using wall printing, vinyl printing, glass printing and non-slip floor graphics. We can transform offices from drab, empty spaces to somewhere to be proud of, but it wasn’t always like this.

It’s fair to say the way we work and where we work has changed dramatically over the last 100 years.

So, while we’re sitting here in our open plan office waiting for the coffee machine to serve up a skinny mocha, it got us thinking. How would our working environment have looked all those years ago?

The answer is pretty dull. In the early part of the 20th century the vast majority of offices were based on the principle of Taylorism, which was a methodology developed by mechanical engineer, Frank Taylor. His plan emphasised efficiency and a rigid, regimented office layout, which meant workers sat in rows and there was very little consideration for human or social elements.

For example, workers in the early 20th century could expect to be working in an environment similar to one the below:

Old Office

Not very glamorous I’m sure you’ll agree. So how have things changed and how did we get to the modern offices we have today?

The simple answer is advances in technology. The invention of things like electric lighting, air conditioning and the telegraph led to the development of high-rise office blocks as it meant workers no longer had to be located directly next to a factory.

Fast forward to 2018 and the options to transform your workplace using office branding are endless. As technology has evolved so has the way we look at workplace design. The introduction of laptops, tablets, mobiles and Wi-Fi connectivity has given us the ability to create inspiring and efficient places to work.

Below are some examples of our work and how we do office branding.

We’ve worked with Manchester-based, MMP, to help re-vamp its offices using vinyl wraps. All staff members were asked to send an image which evoked childhood memories, these were then placed into a design that could be printed and placed on the office walls. It included everything from motivational quotes to inspirational images.

mmp case study

Invosys, creator of ground-breaking solutions, approached us to help transform its office in just two days ahead of a graffiti themed event for its employees. This project really allowed us to embrace our creative side and included painting the entire office orange!


If you’re interested in hearing more about the services, we offer visit or if you have the time pop in and join us for a skinny mocha.