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Free desk movement: pairing agencies with new talent

With the rise in popularity of coworking spaces give rise to the free desk movement, creatively pairing agencies with fresh talent?

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Free desk for creatives

Open Studio Club, “a free listing site for artists and designers to find affordable studio space,” has announced a new initiative asking creative agencies around the world to offer a free desk inside of their studios to a new talent. The campaign began in London, and 15 agencies have signed up for the campaign.

A new free desk will be released each day over the next two weeks on the Open Studio Club website—the first 50 agencies to sign up to list a free desk will receive a signed, limited edition Anthony Burrill screen print to mark the occasion.

The full list of agencies currently taking part are listed below with more to come:

  • 8inc. (London)
  • Kin (London)
  • Moving Brands (London)
  • HORT (Berlin)
  • OPX (London)
  • Studio Magpie (London)
  • Poke London
  • Well Made Studio (Liverpool)
  • Lundgren+Lindqvist (Gothenburg)
  • Base (Brussels)
  • The Partners (London)
  • Mill Co. (London)

“Free Desk Here isn’t about charity. It’s about collaboration,” Nick Couch, founder of Open Studio Club tells “It’s taking an existing, high value commodity that is seriously under-utilised in lots of agencies – space. We are also expecting further agencies in the next week, including a top brand consultancy in New York and more from London. I hope it inspires other agencies to get involved.”

Spreading the free desk movement to America and beyond

While the company has asserted New York will be home of a free desk, we wonder if this will become more widespread, as many creative agencies, or heck, many companies, have extra desks or space that they could place a desk. Brands constantly wonder how to find quality talent or to collaborate with other brands (ahem, freelancers are a brand, just sayin’), and offering a space for some time would allow for some very creative relationships.

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With the rise of coworking spaces and hybrid offices, this campaign could take off, and perhaps even spread the concept beyond the short term Open Studio Club campaign.

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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