Samantha Draeger, communications specialist, takes us through the UX and design agency’s personality-filled offices
Samantha Draeger takes us through the personality-filled offices of Candorem
In rural Lake Mills Wisconsin, located between Madison and Milwaukee, rests the office of our 45-time award-winning  user experience, web design and strategic marketing company, Candorem. On the outside, the former city hall could be mistaken for yet another antique store but upon entry the literal writing on the wall tells a different story.
The 2,500 square-foot space is a reflection of the collective personality of our six-person team. The bright lights, tall ceilings and oversized whiteboards invite our team members to explore their ideas without limits. Or, for privacy, they can cosy up in front of wall-to-wall windows next to a classic brick fireplace. The kitchen, a former vault  is my favourite space. Not only because that’s where the coffee is but also because many of our best experiences as a group have been over the meals we’ve made there. Not to mention the occasional homemade pancake buffet for our clients. On the fridge is a collection of Polaroids and newspaper clippings from times we were featured in the paper, a gentle way to both celebrate our roots and keep us grounded.
The walls in our main workspace are draped in memories of the achievements that our small team has made. Wireframes, templates and sketches are proudly displayed as if they belong in a museum of historical artefacts – a reminder of how far we’ve come and how much work there is left to do. The Bullshit Free Zone sign  that hangs defiantly in our conference room is a value by which we conduct our operations. Our goal is to leave the office being proud of the work we do daily but we also take time to play, get creative and revel in our progress. We never go a month without acknowledging our accomplishments over lunch and a (mostly) friendly game of Mario Kart . Displayed on the conference room table are the faces of six different characters cut out, glued to cardboard and attached to a paint stick from the local hardware store. Each employee gets their own avatar  with a character assigned to them, all originating from an inside joke or incident that we won’t let each other forget. Believe it or not, these avatars are part of our workflow. It’s just one more way in which we inject flavour into each day. The words ‘boring’ and ‘mundane’ are not in our vocabulary here. Draeger has been part of Candorem since June 2018. Candorem is an award-winning user experience, web design and strategic marketing company.