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Inside Adobe’s Colorful, Redesigned Headquarters | Open Office | WSJ

January 19, 2020

– We’re here at Adobe’s
headquarters in downtown San Jose. And this gray scale building behind me might not be what you’d expect
from the makers of Photo Shop but let’s check out the inside. (percussive music) Adobe built its San Jose HQ in 1994. After 20 years, it came
time for a redesign. Designer Natalie Engels
said it was in need of a more colorful update. – You know when we first
ventured to the space, it is exactly what you would imagine, from the outside. It was very bank, institutional like. And that’s not what tech is. That’s specifically not what Adobe is. – So when I walk in here as
an employee during the morning and the first thing I see is
this vibrant orange color, what is that doing for me? – It should have the right
amount of yellow in it actually to have this happiness, a vibrancy, but not too vibrant to agitate you. And so we really wanted,
especially after people are stuck in traffic, to
come in here and just feel refreshed and vibrant and
ready to start their day. – [Adam] Color is more
than aesthetics at Adobe, it’s their business. So Engels and Adobe used color theory throughout the space to
think more scientifically about how hues and brightness
levels inspire work. – So when you think about it
from a scientific perspective that orange, that’s very much kind of an invitation for community. What we find is, we find
people working down here on their own, they’re opting in. It’s a place that they want to be. It’s be active since we’ve opened it. – [Adam] Beyond fresh
color, Engels designed a variety of spaces to accommodate
different types of work. Before the redesign, Adobe
had only closed office spaces. The focus then was on giving engineers the quiet space they needed for work. Floors looked like this one. – As work has shifted, as
generations have changed, it became pretty obvious that they needed to be together. – [Adam] So that meant opening offices up. But Adobe isn’t a full
open office environment. – We really want to create
balanced work space. Do you have the right meeting rooms? Is there a place where
you can make phone calls where you’re not disturbing others? A work station or a desk is
actually about task work. – That’s why each floor also has spaces for group and
individual focused work. Adobe has these phone
booths that are dedicated to special moments in
Photo Shop’s history. This is 1990, the year
Photo Shop was invented. And they actually have the first version installed on this Mac right here. Let’s check it out. Suppose a color picker
doesn’t really matter when you’re operating in gray scale. Each floor at Adobe is different. Some, like this one,
were more experimental, tests to see what worked for employees. So now we’re into this more
open office environment. – Yes, I think something
that’s fascinating about this floor is that
there are no offices. While everything, everything
in life is an experiment, we don’t know exactly what’s gonna work better for you, that’s gonna work for me. And so there is a spirit of innovation. – What we’re trying to
do is be more innovative and to do that you have
to experiment more. And you have almost create a culture and an environment
where you can feel that. – [Adam] In a modular room called Lab 82, named after the year Adobe was founded, the company tests ideas
in work place design including how plants, sounds, colors, and scents can change a meeting. – ]Eric] And what we’re
looking to do is identify the best possible future ways
of being able to collaborate. – [Adam] And when something really worked, Engels and Adobe listened. These booths are really popular? – Oh they’re so popular that we had to come back in and add this whole row. – [Adam] One of the
most noticable upgrades Adobe made in the
redesign was the addition of two new cafes. They went from one, to three. – This space is their
cafe called Pallettes. It’s farm to fork concept and it really harkens back to what this land was. You know this whole area was orchards. And so we really wanted
to give people a place that recognized what the community was. Appreciate it; don’t just
brush it under the rug. – [Adam] The cafe gets some of its produce from the company run garden located just outside its doors. – We’re able to grow about
5000 pounds of produce that we use in our cafes and
in our learning kitchens. And what’s really great about it is, we have employees come
and grow their own produce here on site, we bring master
gardeners to teach them different things that they can grow, and provide them seeds
that they can take home and grow on their own. – [Adam] Adobe wants
employees to be healthy, and that means more than eating well. In its wellness center,
employees have access to cardio machines, weights,
classes, and this: So Adobe has this thing
called the Soma Dome, which is basically a guided
meditation experience in this pink egg. I have to try it out. I’m getting ocean waves. It’s relaxing. Adobe’s redesign continues on some floors, but across the street the company is more than doubling its capacity with a new tower set to open in 2022. Is the new office space going to look like this space inside? – There will be a lot of the essence of what’s happening here, but
also trying to think about how people will be using
devices differently. How they’ll be commuting differently. If you design perfect space for now, for a tower that’s going to open in 2022, you can guarantee that
it’s not going to work. – [Adam] Sounds like the
experimentation will continue.


  • Reply Be A January 13, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    i'm first cmt :))

  • Reply Moumita Chakraborty January 13, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Splendid ✌️🤩

  • Reply Spencer Xiong January 13, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    What? Rachael Harris works at Adobe?

  • Reply Othmane AD January 13, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    those subscriptions paying off

  • Reply Gabriel Sagula January 13, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Lol Adobe sucks

  • Reply T A January 13, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    glad to see my monthly payment going towards glowing orb pods rather than them updating their software that still feels like its from 1990

  • Reply B January 13, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Open offices are the work of the devil

  • Reply Krish Jha January 13, 2020 at 5:14 pm


  • Reply Werner Danler January 13, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Looked like that guy you were interviewing needed to take advantage of the fitness center.

  • Reply My Kol January 13, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Anyone need a Commodore 64 monitor? Still works.

  • Reply Ross Campoli - Leadership & Business Videos January 13, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Adobe’s best move in recent years has been the switch to Creative Cloud. They’re getting $53/month for millions of licenses for their products.

    And I’m one of them.

  • Reply Binyamin A January 13, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Meanwhile in North korea

  • Reply Hi January 13, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    This is building is ugly from in and outside

  • Reply Roel Candaele January 13, 2020 at 5:34 pm


  • Reply Black Vito - Moneyology January 13, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    is everything in California?

  • Reply Francisco Herrera January 13, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Adobe is such a greedy company, you can't own their software, forcing you to have an internet connection and to pay monthly. Good thing we have open source and alternatives.

  • Reply Jedi Grand Master January 13, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    No wonder the Adobe Programs Suite cost arms & legs every month.

  • Reply SayIDidItTM January 13, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    The designer Natalie Engels' name should be Angles…

  • Reply Dharma Ram January 13, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    How about Adobe invests in better American online tech support for their loyal subscribers rather than relying on overseas inferior customer support and labor.

  • Reply 077 Di January 13, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Those thieves living well , with no competition for some reason (maybe they do some evilthings?.)..milking from the users the money every month, for long years.

  • Reply Arbër Nani January 13, 2020 at 6:04 pm


  • Reply Dharma Ram January 13, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Open office spaces are a drag for productivity. It’s super distracting, especially with all the foot traffic throughout the day and of course it’s true purpose is because it’s cheaper to throw up dry wall corridors than supply an actual office for employees. Stop with this innovation talk. Call it what it is. If open office space is so great than why do the higher ups get their own private office?

  • Reply F S January 13, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Right after she said it won’t agitate you, that scene at 1:20 is quite agitating imo

  • Reply First Name Last Name January 13, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Sweet! I live and work in Munich abd we dont even have air system, only windows!!

  • Reply Angel Laredo January 13, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Muchas gracias por la info…

  • Reply Float Circuit January 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    O N E. G I A N T. A D.

  • Reply Sulfen January 13, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    So this is what they’re doing with their ridiculously expensive subscriptions.

  • Reply Josephat Kibet January 13, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    what a waste of money

  • Reply alvarortega2 January 13, 2020 at 6:43 pm


  • Reply Mike Halve January 13, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    And yet opening a pdf file with you guys still doesn’t work.

  • Reply Andrey Lucas January 13, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Why am I watching this 6 minute ads?

  • Reply Lakshit Pande January 13, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    4:15 Hey! they have 'dal chawal' in San Jose!?

  • Reply Olivia esddms January 13, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    That looks kinda hellish and the woman is creepy.

  • Reply Mixter Muxter January 13, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    god I HATE the way she talks

  • Reply BL00DYALB0 January 13, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Thats why every update something is wrong with their software, just copy the previous code and do the new upgrades isnt copy paste available lol

  • Reply Lechiffresix six January 13, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    I legit read Adobo. I am so hungry , i should be in the Philippines.

  • Reply T W January 13, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    is she a company tour robot? she sounds so robotic to me

  • Reply Matthew B. January 13, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    No offices = no focus

  • Reply Contour Nut January 14, 2020 at 12:12 am

    I'm guessing the design, innovation, and mood talk are a cover for the actual purpose: Fitting more people into the same space. Office space is expensive, so if you can knock out moderate sized offices and replace them with claustrophobic cubicles then you've got a big win.

  • Reply Arthur Lee January 14, 2020 at 12:41 am

    When someone from Adobe says it's the right amount of yellow, you better believe it.

  • Reply SB SB January 14, 2020 at 1:39 am

    It's all Cool, BUT all this bells and whistles only make people Lazy and distracted. When you go to work, you need to be in '''Get some Job Done'' mindset, not playing a ping pong and extending your break in the cafeteria. Sure the work place should look like Guantanamo, bu I think a bunch of plants and big windows will do the trick just fine.

  • Reply The United States Of America January 14, 2020 at 3:13 am


  • Reply Oba O January 14, 2020 at 3:26 am

    They need to Photoshop that guy's belly out of this video.

  • Reply Financial Shinanigan January 14, 2020 at 5:32 am

    Be vibrant but not too vibrant lol dont need people who are too happy here!

  • Reply sozi zito January 14, 2020 at 5:44 am

    White people have the best jobs

  • Reply Lora Lukež January 14, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Boycott adobe ! start usin affinity !

  • Reply shabbirocks123 January 14, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Adobe paid WSJ for the publicity not worth it

  • Reply Fransisco Wijaya January 14, 2020 at 11:30 am

    So there's my money gone

  • Reply Joseph Picoult January 14, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    You must be stupid to use Adobe. Clowns, probably dumb yanks.

  • Reply David Park January 14, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Paid for by your $999.99 yearly subscription

  • Reply Amal Dev U January 14, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    That's where your subscription money goes

  • Reply uday rohith January 14, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    More India s in background lol

  • Reply SoulBeats Status January 14, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    0:43 she is little bit look's and also talk like Lucifer's psychiatric linda martin.

  • Reply Anindya January 14, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    What a waste!!!…. I really don’t understand why there isn’t any viable alternative for Windows…. the whole adobe suit sucks….

  • Reply Anindya January 14, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Only thing that new office is doing good for is “greed”….

  • Reply Denis January 14, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    "New generation need more open space" AND "these booths are so popular, that we had to make row of them" — do they even hear themself?

  • Reply Nicolas January 14, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    I'd like to Thank Adobe, you've given the tools for us to create a lot of the beauty that exists today 🙂❤️

  • Reply Somebody Why you bother January 15, 2020 at 12:18 am

    F adobe

  • Reply manick bay January 15, 2020 at 1:01 am

    People will obviously cry but as a money making machine they won. What Adobe did to the creative industry is lit 🔥.

  • Reply Aurobindo Ghosh January 15, 2020 at 2:41 am

    the best creative suite were made in the days when adobe offices were closed

  • Reply PussyIsHere January 15, 2020 at 7:06 am

    propaganda office

  • Reply Jonathan Kumar January 15, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Meanwhile foxconn has finished installing bars in their manufacturing plant to prevent workers suicide.

  • Reply Jeremie Moludi January 15, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Well my Premier Pro CC is still crashing 🙄😤😤

  • Reply J Shepin January 15, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Me: how much money does Adobe make?

    Adobe: yes

  • Reply HCD 5073 January 15, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    It's pronounced adobe not "adobe"

  • Reply Jancee Colegio January 15, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    is the audio wonky? or is it just my earphones

  • Reply xyz4469 January 15, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Hope Adobe goes down asap.

  • Reply RaveN Somen January 15, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Cmon sound design guys, what was that

  • Reply Mr. KL-13 January 15, 2020 at 9:28 pm


  • Reply Albert Nicolau January 15, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Incremental updates for thee, new offices for me

  • Reply Joe Ochoa January 16, 2020 at 1:28 am

    People make more mistakes in open offices.

  • Reply NADNIJ January 16, 2020 at 3:34 am

    while the renovation n designs r nice, open office actually sux. everyone always tries to duck under the monitor to avoid staring at each other.

  • Reply Mous-X January 16, 2020 at 8:20 am

    No Apple… Interesting…

  • Reply Yokozuna asashiyoru January 16, 2020 at 11:22 am

    These fancy things doesn’t add anything, just distractions.
    Simple is the best.
    Don’t lose time and lots of money (subscriptions) trying reinvent the wheel, please adobe.

  • Reply David Faiheng January 16, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Anyone expecting to see Geeky Programmers?

  • Reply stavroula ch January 16, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Can you visit bighit entertainment building in S. Korea

  • Reply M40A3 SPNX January 16, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    The mic quality is super wavy

  • Reply Moozilla Moo January 16, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Adobe? The latest PDF is a piece of ****. Turn of the right panel, Adobe. ****.

  • Reply mothaybabonnam January 16, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    i bet this lady smells her own farts

  • Reply 29orion1 January 16, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    I bet Adobe owns the building and does not rent.

  • Reply zackarie1995 January 16, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Hello, would you have the full picture / rush of the "60 minutes ideation process" shown at 3:57 please ?

  • Reply Alaco123 January 17, 2020 at 12:53 am

    4:35 Audio make me sick

  • Reply Suh Juwon January 17, 2020 at 3:03 am

    take my money! monthly subscription forever

  • Reply EyhTwo Zed January 17, 2020 at 3:54 am

    These are all of our money

  • Reply Nick Supapol January 17, 2020 at 5:14 am

    And here I was thinking my subscription fees are too low! Not.

  • Reply maz3blurrity 78 January 17, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Kind boring

  • Reply TheBigs Bigs January 17, 2020 at 10:20 am

    and this is why you never pay the piggy companies they just getting more greedy. its awesome for their workers but they dont put effort in the softwares anymore…. 🙁

  • Reply arshad bagwan January 17, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    What if I told you that Adobe was promoted by Steve Jobs in its starting years.

  • Reply nightfury67854 January 17, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Nah don’t believe it, deffo photoshopped

  • Reply Whole Food Plant-Based Man January 17, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    I feel bad for the suckers who pay Adobe money for products. Poor suckers.

  • Reply Flynn January 18, 2020 at 4:24 am

    Y’all out here complaining about subscriptions and I’m like k great, I too appreciate my pirated suite of 2020 programs.

  • Reply Tech Addict January 18, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Open office is very problematic, especially for coding and brainstorming. Coz most of our times, we are actually brainstorming and coding, instead of "collaborating" or reaching out to others. If we need to talk to others, we can go to them. Rest of the time, it's really important to have a peaceful, calm and distraction-free private workspace, which open office doesn't provide. My office has a closed office structure (cubicles), and I use earphones all the time, still my efficiency increases significantly when everyone else leaves the room, and it becomes calm and peaceful.
    I have no idea who (and why) thought open office will be a good workspace for brainstorming!

  • Reply viscouscallop January 18, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    So many indians

  • Reply iamacamera123 January 18, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Who got an adobe ad before this video

  • Reply Karan Bhatt January 18, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    I speak on behalf of all engineers everywhere, WE HATE OPEN OFFICES, no matter how fancy and colorful the workspace is!

  • Reply Topic Loop January 19, 2020 at 3:31 am

    Really impressed working space. Pretty dope how the color theory is applied in all work spaces. Good video.

  • Reply Chintan Nedariya January 19, 2020 at 10:22 am

    what's wrong with sound and video stabilization ?

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