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Go Media Construction Update

Hey Everyone! There have been some requests to see updates on the office construction. We ARE in the new office! Everything is not done yet – but it’s about 90% done. I’ll try to keep the text in this post fairly light and just show you as many pics as possible. You’ll notice there is lots of extra room. I wanted to make sure we built a space that we can grow into. I don’t want to have to go through another move anytime soon.

Go Media Headquarters update image This is the door from the front stairwell into our office. We’re on the third (top) floor.

Go Media Headquarters update image This is looking back at the front door from inside the office. We just got this lobby furniture! Thank you IKEA.

Go Media Headquarters update image Spinning around and looking from the lobby area straight back. That’s our sales manager’s desk front and center.

Go Media Headquarters update image Here is my desk. You’ll notice the Ikea Galant and a drawing table on the right.

Go Media Headquarters update image Standing near my desk and look back across the office.

Go Media Headquarters update image This is a fancy metal counter we have “floating” in front of the sale/project manager’s desk.

Go Media Headquarters update image Behind the sales manager’s desk are these cabinets.

Go Media Headquarters update image Here is a look through one of the glass walls in our conference room.

Go Media Headquarters update image Here is a close-up of the conference room table. Yes I made it! It took a large piece of plywood, contact paper, large logo printed on paper, glue stick, Xacto knife, two colors of stain and lots of Polyurethane. I’ll let you figure the rest out.

Go Media Headquarters update image This is the Aquarium. Obviously it’s not set up yet. We just got this in today!

Go Media Headquarters update image This is the fancy glass we have suspended over our half walls.

Go Media Headquarters update image Here is a close-up of how that glass connects to our half walls. These cables go up to the ceiling. It’s really quite amazing.

Go Media Headquarters update image Designers hard at work.

Go Media Headquarters update image More designers hard at work.

Go Media Headquarters update image One more designer hard at work.

Go Media Headquarters update image This is our messy area. As you can see, it’s messy.

Go Media Headquarters update image This is the back hall where we have two enclosed cubicles, two bathrooms, HVAC closet, server room and a storage closet.

Go Media Headquarters update image This is cubicle one. Eventually we will be putting our Wacom Cintique back here. Don’t laugh, yes, that IS a CRT monitor.

Go Media Headquarters update image Here is cubicle two. I’m not sure exactly what will go in here. But we are about to paint one wall with “Idea Paint.” It turns any wall into a giant dry-erase board.

Well, that’s it. We’re very excited to be in here. There are a number of items that need finished – like our library and the aquarium. But it’s been a fantastic upgrade from my house so far. Hope you enjoyed the tour.

About the Author, William Beachy

I grew up in Cleveland Hts. Ohio and was drawing constantly. As a child I took art classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art and eventually became known as the "class artist." I graduated from The Ohio State University's department of Industrial Design. I have always tried to blend my passion for illustration with Graphic Design. Go Media was the culmination of my interests for both business and art. I'm trying to build a company that is equally considerate of our designers AND our clients.
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  • Corbin

    god what an amazing office!!! it has to create a great work environment, BUT DAMN could you use some Mac’s up in there hahahaha

  • Joseph Timberlake

    It’s like the design agency cliche come to life: without the Macs.

    Nice to know, even in a recession, that aquariums and glass conference walls are required…

  • Joseph Timberlake

    It’s like the design agency cliche come to life: without the Macs.

    Nice to know, even in a recession, that aquariums and glass conference walls are required…

  • http://www.dunlapstudios.com Dunlap Studios

    A really incredible place to work!

  • frank

    Let me get this right – you went from your house to this?? Wow!

    I’m happy for you. This is an amazing workspace! Keep us updated, I can’t wait to see the aquarium when it’s up and going.

  • http://www.dunlapstudios.com Dunlap Studios

    A really incredible place to work!

  • CROW

    i need work
    :)

  • CROW

    i need work
    :)

  • nobahdi

    You have a GoMedia door mat?

  • nobahdi

    You have a GoMedia door mat?

  • http://www.robotmojo.com JoMo

    Yeah that’s pretty much crazy awesome.

  • http://www.robotmojo.com JoMo

    Yeah that’s pretty much crazy awesome.

  • http://www.classicwfl.com WFL

    Thank goodness – I’m not the only modern designer using PCs (which I prefer :)). What sort of displays are you using?

    Don’t knock CRTs – I’ve had some good ones in my day that gave SUPERB color accuracy when properly calibrated, plus excellent contrast, and prefer them over LCDs when I don’t have to huff em’ (or pay for em’) :)

  • http://www.classicwfl.com WFL

    Thank goodness – I’m not the only modern designer using PCs (which I prefer :)). What sort of displays are you using?

    Don’t knock CRTs – I’ve had some good ones in my day that gave SUPERB color accuracy when properly calibrated, plus excellent contrast, and prefer them over LCDs when I don’t have to huff em’ (or pay for em’) :)

  • Tim

    Yes, CRT’s are the only monitors that can produce a true black, which is why a LOT of designers still use them. I however have migrated to the Dell 2408WFP which looks to me to be what all you guys are using (or maybe the 2407WFP), which is an amazing S-IPS monitor. I wouldn’t be without mine.

  • Tim

    Yes, CRT’s are the only monitors that can produce a true black, which is why a LOT of designers still use them. I however have migrated to the Dell 2408WFP which looks to me to be what all you guys are using (or maybe the 2407WFP), which is an amazing S-IPS monitor. I wouldn’t be without mine.

  • http://www.flickr.com/rohicks Ryan

    damn that is an awesome place.
    I wish i could work there.

  • http://www.flickr.com/rohicks Ryan

    damn that is an awesome place.
    I wish i could work there.

  • Simon H.

    Looks good :-)
    NIce job and I hope it’ll inspire you a lot to work in here guys :p

  • http://flamesburn.com Cooper

    You should post these on officesnapshots.com.

    They’ve got a lot of nice looking setups.

  • http://flamesburn.com Cooper

    You should post these on officesnapshots.com.

    They’ve got a lot of nice looking setups.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Yes! We went from my HOUSE to this building… but remember – we had 12 people crammed into my house. I was actually SHARING my desk with Adam. We were shoulder-to-shoulder. That’s how packed in we were.

    It took 2 YEARS to find and construct this office.

    Yes – we’re on PCs. :) Most of our monitors are Dell’s high-end 24″ monitors. Jeff and Oliver even have dual monitors! Lucky.

    Yes… ordered the door mat from matsmatsmats.com. You can send them a logo and they’re print it onto a mat! Fun Fun!

    Everyone is LOVING the new office. And I’m glad to have my house to myself. It’s the first time I’ve EVER had my business and home separate. !!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Yes! We went from my HOUSE to this building… but remember – we had 12 people crammed into my house. I was actually SHARING my desk with Adam. We were shoulder-to-shoulder. That’s how packed in we were.

    It took 2 YEARS to find and construct this office.

    Yes – we’re on PCs. :) Most of our monitors are Dell’s high-end 24″ monitors. Jeff and Oliver even have dual monitors! Lucky.

    Yes… ordered the door mat from matsmatsmats.com. You can send them a logo and they’re print it onto a mat! Fun Fun!

    Everyone is LOVING the new office. And I’m glad to have my house to myself. It’s the first time I’ve EVER had my business and home separate. !!

  • http://www.williambiwer.com Bill Biwer

    Great looking new office space. Looks like it will be a lot of fun to work in the new environment.

  • http://www.williambiwer.com Bill Biwer

    Great looking new office space. Looks like it will be a lot of fun to work in the new environment.

  • http://aetoricdesign.carbonmade.com Aetoric Design

    How do I get there? ;)

  • http://aetoricdesign.carbonmade.com Aetoric Design

    How do I get there? ;)

  • http://colorburned.com Grant Friedman

    Looks great!

  • http://colorburned.com Grant Friedman

    Looks great!

  • raaf

    great work dude

  • raaf

    great work dude

  • Dani

    thats a great office..i wish i can work there too!!

  • Dani

    thats a great office..i wish i can work there too!!

  • G Zoli

    Love the table with the Go Media logo :}

  • sean

    its great to see creative businesses growing- thanks for sharing your pics. and keep up the great work!

    by the way-how do you guys handle backups, archiving and server stuff? i didnt see any in the pics.

  • sean

    its great to see creative businesses growing- thanks for sharing your pics. and keep up the great work!

    by the way-how do you guys handle backups, archiving and server stuff? i didnt see any in the pics.

  • Dan Philibin

    Looks awesome…how are the acoustics in the big room?

  • http://flickr.com/stewartphoto Jenny Stewart

    This is incredible!! This looks like a great place to work.

  • http://flickr.com/stewartphoto Jenny Stewart

    This is incredible!! This looks like a great place to work.

  • Corbin

    god what an amazing office!!! it has to create a great work environment, BUT DAMN could you use some Mac’s up in there hahahaha

  • frank

    Let me get this right – you went from your house to this?? Wow!

    I’m happy for you. This is an amazing workspace! Keep us updated, I can’t wait to see the aquarium when it’s up and going.

  • Tom Faraci

    That looks awesome!

  • Tom Faraci

    That looks awesome!

  • http://www.spgrafiks.com Simona

    Congratulation guys, that’s really great…! You guys inspire to hang in there on a day where it seems to pour more than just rain…:)

  • http://www.spgrafiks.com Simona

    Congratulation guys, that’s really great…! You guys inspire to hang in there on a day where it seems to pour more than just rain…:)

  • Simon H.

    Looks good :-)
    NIce job and I hope it’ll inspire you a lot to work in here guys :p

  • http://www.scottad.com scottAD

    That is a flippin’ sweet place to work! When is the open house?

  • Scott D

    That is a flippin’ sweet place to work! When is the open house?

  • Chantwan

    Flipping sweet, congrats Go Media. Graffiti on the walls is what I call zen, the best inspiration.

  • Chantwan

    Flipping sweet, congrats Go Media. Graffiti on the walls is what I call zen, the best inspiration.

  • alanvalek.com

    Damn, that looks sick!!! I’m jealous!! I’m sure you all are psyched to come into the office!! Congrats!!!

  • http://www.bartondamer.com barton damer

    WOW! Looks amazing!

  • http://www.franciscogalarraga.com Francisco Galárraga

    Take that mactards, a design agency CAN work without the blasted apple!

  • http://www.bartondamer.com barton damer

    WOW! Looks amazing!

  • http://www.franciscogalarraga.com Francisco Galárraga

    Take that mactards, a design agency CAN work without the blasted apple!

  • G Zoli

    Love the table with the Go Media logo :}

  • Dan Philibin

    Looks awesome…how are the acoustics in the big room?

  • alanvalek.com

    Damn, that looks sick!!! I’m jealous!! I’m sure you all are psyched to come into the office!! Congrats!!!

  • http://slare.altervista.org SlaRe

    why don’t you save that free space on the last shoot for me?
    Don’t worry I’ll bring my mac too ^_^

  • http://slare.altervista.org SlaRe

    why don’t you save that free space on the last shoot for me?
    Don’t worry I’ll bring my mac too ^_^

  • Rob Turpin

    Hi guys,

    You and the construction chaps have done an amazing job. Your new HQ looks like it’s going to be a very inspirational place to work.

    I’m staggeringly jealous! Have fun.

    Rob

    Working in my office in London

  • Rob Turpin

    Hi guys,

    You and the construction chaps have done an amazing job. Your new HQ looks like it’s going to be a very inspirational place to work.

    I’m staggeringly jealous! Have fun.

    Rob

    Working in my office in London

  • MikeTheVike

    Looks great! What do you guys do when a client stops by you are trying to avoid? haha, they will see you!

  • MikeTheVike

    Looks great! What do you guys do when a client stops by you are trying to avoid? haha, they will see you!

  • SNEAKPEAK

    BEAUTIFUL! THANKS FOR SHARING.. NICE INSPIRATION. WISH I WORKED THERE..LOL

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    Looks great. Hire me!

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    Looks great. Hire me!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    The acoustics have turned out great. We were a little worried about it when we moved in, but it’s been fine.

    We do have a server room which I did not show you (top secret). We have a Dell Blade Server with a Power Vault 220 (with 1.1tb) set up in a RAID 5. Also on the rack is a 2TB back-up hard drive that ghosts the entire hard drive twice. Then we have an external that we back up the entire drive and keep off site. Plus we have a full collection of Disks (once a year back-up) plus any clients that are removed from the server. Finally, we mail all source files to our clients when we finish each project. Phew. I guess you could say we’re obsessive about protecting our data. OH!.. almost forgot. We have massive insurance on our data. In the case of a fire or something – State Farm cuts us a huge check to cover the time it will take to rebuild our files.

    Obviously… we want to protect our customers!

    We had taken the glass out of the project until we found a shower enclosure company that could install it for a THIRD of the cost of our best bid. Yes, that’s a shower door that goes into our conference room. I’m not sure what makes it better or worse than a “normal” glass door. I certainly can’t tell the difference. It’s real heavy-duty glass.

    Sometimes at night I just sit at my desk, stare around and can’t believe this is where I work. It’s a joy… …even if I have to work on a PC. :)

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    The acoustics have turned out great. We were a little worried about it when we moved in, but it’s been fine.

    We do have a server room which I did not show you (top secret). We have a Dell Blade Server with a Power Vault 220 (with 1.1tb) set up in a RAID 5. Also on the rack is a 2TB back-up hard drive that ghosts the entire hard drive twice. Then we have an external that we back up the entire drive and keep off site. Plus we have a full collection of Disks (once a year back-up) plus any clients that are removed from the server. Finally, we mail all source files to our clients when we finish each project. Phew. I guess you could say we’re obsessive about protecting our data. OH!.. almost forgot. We have massive insurance on our data. In the case of a fire or something – State Farm cuts us a huge check to cover the time it will take to rebuild our files.

    Obviously… we want to protect our customers!

    We had taken the glass out of the project until we found a shower enclosure company that could install it for a THIRD of the cost of our best bid. Yes, that’s a shower door that goes into our conference room. I’m not sure what makes it better or worse than a “normal” glass door. I certainly can’t tell the difference. It’s real heavy-duty glass.

    Sometimes at night I just sit at my desk, stare around and can’t believe this is where I work. It’s a joy… …even if I have to work on a PC. :)

  • Simon H

    Woaw ! I’m impressed by how much the data side of the work is handled ! So are you guys hosting your own website ?

  • Jhay

    A dream place to be! Good job GoMedia!!

    Regards,
    JHAY, Philippines

  • http://www.room122.com room122

    Okay, I have to know more details on how the table top was created. Can you share a little more?

  • http://www.room122.com Nathan

    Okay, I have to know more details on how the table top was created. Can you share a little more?

  • http://gomedia.us Wilson

    @Simon – Actually we do not host our websites in house. This is because of the ISP “backbone” load and security patching we don’t want to worry about. We leave our web server hosting to the professionals at Softlayer and Rackspace both located in Texas. We mainly run a Linux cluster for the web and one Windows server. Our in house fileserver is Windows and we have a part-time Server Administrator and a full time developer named Dave who is also a Windows guru. I think we’ve reached a good balance over the years as how to best leverage vendors over our internal competencies.

  • http://gomedia.us Wilson

    @Simon – Actually we do not host our websites in house. This is because of the ISP “backbone” load and security patching we don’t want to worry about. We leave our web server hosting to the professionals at Softlayer and Rackspace both located in Texas. We mainly run a Linux cluster for the web and one Windows server. Our in house fileserver is Windows and we have a part-time Server Administrator and a full time developer named Dave who is also a Windows guru. I think we’ve reached a good balance over the years as how to best leverage vendors over our internal competencies.

  • http://tendou86.blogspot.com/ Takumi86

    Oh my.. that seems really nice place to live in, i like your office :)

  • http://tendou86.blogspot.com/ Takumi86

    Oh my.. that seems really nice place to live in, i like your office :)

  • SNEAKPEAK

    BEAUTIFUL! THANKS FOR SHARING.. NICE INSPIRATION. WISH I WORKED THERE..LOL

  • Jus10GFX

    Nice set up. A little loud but nicely done man.

  • Jus10GFX

    Nice set up. A little loud but nicely done man.

  • Simon H

    Woaw ! I’m impressed by how much the data side of the work is handled ! So are you guys hosting your own website ?

  • Jhay

    A dream place to be! Good job GoMedia!!

    Regards,
    JHAY, Philippines

  • Simon H.

    @ Wilson : so it’s much more for filesharing/backup purposes then… Nice !

  • Tim

    So you’ve got your torrenting situation handled, then? XD XD XD

  • Tim

    So you’ve got your torrenting situation handled, then? XD XD XD

  • http://www.inspireocean.com Averyl

    OMG…..it’s like a home and it’s huge!!! I would love to work there fore sure!!! It’s also a great thought for everyone, warm and comfortable!

  • http://www.inspireocean.com Averyl

    OMG…..it’s like a home and it’s huge!!! I would love to work there fore sure!!! It’s also a great thought for everyone, warm and comfortable!

  • Simon H.

    @ Wilson : so it’s much more for filesharing/backup purposes then… Nice !

  • http://www.wallpaperfree.co.uk wallpapers

    how old is that monitor? is it art?

  • http://www.wallpaperfree.co.uk wallpapers

    how old is that monitor? is it art?

  • http://www.wpcount.com Mabuc

    Very nice working place guys, love to see 100% of the office. Thank you for sharing.

  • http://www.wpcount.com Mabuc

    Very nice working place guys, love to see 100% of the office. Thank you for sharing.

  • http://www.opensourcehunter.com OpenSourceHunter

    Very nice, i really like to see where other people work, getting some insparation ;).

    greetz
    http://www.opensourcehunter.com

  • http://www.opensourcehunter.com OpenSourceHunter

    Very nice, i really like to see where other people work, getting some insparation ;).

    greetz
    http://www.opensourcehunter.com

  • Daquan Wright

    Sexy…just what I expect from the gomedia designers.

  • Daquan Wright

    Sexy…just what I expect from the gomedia designers.

  • Eric

    Great Minimalist-Industrial Space. Can’t wait to see what creative genius comes out of of your new HQ.

  • Eric

    Great Minimalist-Industrial Space. Can’t wait to see what creative genius comes out of of your new HQ.

  • Lemon

    Wow that is looking great. Thanks for sharing Bill.

  • Lemon

    Wow that is looking great. Thanks for sharing Bill.

  • http://www.battlemedialab.com Joe

    Congratulations guys! I’ve been watching the project since you first started posting pics on the blog and I must say I’m impressed! I’d actually wanna be placed in the “messy area” with a nice Mac Pro ;)

  • http://www.battlemedialab.com Joe

    Congratulations guys! I’ve been watching the project since you first started posting pics on the blog and I must say I’m impressed! I’d actually wanna be placed in the “messy area” with a nice Mac Pro ;)

  • Mr. Sorbic

    Any close-ups on the graff? Looks sick!!! The office looks amazing. Looks like a place and creative person would love to work at.

  • Mr. Sorbic

    Any close-ups on the graff? Looks sick!!! The office looks amazing. Looks like a place and creative person would love to work at.

  • http://www.april.com.vn Long Le

    You got an awesome office. I really like such an well-decorated and open space.

  • http://www.april.com.vn Long Le

    You got an awesome office. I really like such an well-decorated and open space.

  • Ruben

    Congrats on your success! Love the walls dude, not to mention the conference table, sweet job!

  • Ruben

    Congrats on your success! Love the walls dude, not to mention the conference table, sweet job!

  • http://www.davidpcrawford.com David P Crawford

    You guys don’t use fireworks for web-design and you don’t use macs, what the hell man?

  • http://www.davidpcrawford.com David P Crawford

    You guys don’t use fireworks for web-design and you don’t use macs, what the hell man?

  • http://www.gomedia.us bill

    @ David

    …David, you are correct. We do not use fireworks and Macs. BUT.. last time I checked – Adobe OWNS Macromedia and Macs are running on Intel chips – just like our Dells… :)

    soooo…. I don’t feel too bad. ;)

    -Bill

  • http://www.gomedia.us bill

    @ David

    …David, you are correct. We do not use fireworks and Macs. BUT.. last time I checked – Adobe OWNS Macromedia and Macs are running on Intel chips – just like our Dells… :)

    soooo…. I don’t feel too bad. ;)

    -Bill

  • http://www.traviswhite.com.au Travis

    Wow! This office space looks incredible. What an awesome place to work. I wish my offices looked like this :-( Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.traviswhite.com.au Travis

    Wow! This office space looks incredible. What an awesome place to work. I wish my offices looked like this :-( Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.jameskurtz.com James Kurtz III

    Looks like a killer place to work.

  • http://www.jameskurtz.com James Kurtz III

    Looks like a killer place to work.

  • Anonymous

    Looks amazing, Bill! I want to stop by and check it out.

  • http://zolio.com Andria Trivisonno

    Looks amazing, Bill! I want to stop by and check it out.

  • Sue Major

    The Construction Update articles are great and a wonderful way to see a dream become reality. Two years of construction and 12 years in the making – a long time but WELL WORTH IT! You have created an amazing workspace.
    We wish you and the rest of the GoMedia team the very best for 2009.
    Thanks for sharing the progress.

  • Sue Major

    The Construction Update articles are great and a wonderful way to see a dream become reality. Two years of construction and 12 years in the making – a long time but WELL WORTH IT! You have created an amazing workspace.
    We wish you and the rest of the GoMedia team the very best for 2009.
    Thanks for sharing the progress.

  • Mike

    All you guys do is sell vector packs and stock media? Or do you also do ‘services’? I wouldn’t imagine building such a big business around selling stock media, but then again, you seem to be ‘leading’ cool brand around it!

  • Mike

    All you guys do is sell vector packs and stock media? Or do you also do ‘services’? I wouldn’t imagine building such a big business around selling stock media, but then again, you seem to be ‘leading’ cool brand around it!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Mike,

    This is a common misconception. Our stock vector and design resources are just a side business. We absolutely do graphic design! That’s what the company was built on.

    Our primary website is: http://www.gomedia.us

    You can see lots of samples of our design work there. That’s what we’re doing most of the time.

    The design resources side of our business kind of grew out of the fact that we had compiled a huge database of vector art. WE used it regularly, and thought other designers could benefit from it too. So… we put up the store.

    Thanks for asking.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Mike,

    This is a common misconception. Our stock vector and design resources are just a side business. We absolutely do graphic design! That’s what the company was built on.

    Our primary website is: http://www.gomedia.us

    You can see lots of samples of our design work there. That’s what we’re doing most of the time.

    The design resources side of our business kind of grew out of the fact that we had compiled a huge database of vector art. WE used it regularly, and thought other designers could benefit from it too. So… we put up the store.

    Thanks for asking.

  • Chris

    I guess you don't fully understand that the “recession” doesn't affect every single thing in this country and that infact there are many industries doing just as well as before it. I think you need to actually do more than devour what corperate media gives you, and research a little more before taking stabs at GoMedia for what they're doing.

    Amazing work GoMedia, it's great to see you all prosper. The office looks amazing.

  • Dan

    Excellent job..
    dizi izle

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