Navitor and CoCo Introduce Design Works Studio
A place for designers to cowork and collaborateDecember 13, 2012
Design Works Studio will give freelance designers the ability to join the coworking movement and do great work by providing them with a state-of-the-art studio in the middle of a vibrant coworking space. The first two Design Works Studios are being opened at CoCo in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Navitor hopes to expand the concept into coworking spaces nationwide.
This design studio coworking program at CoCo is one benefit of Navitor's Design Works membership program launching in early 2013 with the goal of enabling freelance and independent designers to grow and manage their business while still focusing their time and passion on their craft. Additional benefits will include access to color, print and production expertise at Navitor, exclusive training and education programs as well as exclusive offers on world-class design resources, software and products from
Navitor' s partners.
As Design Works Studio members, graphic designers will have access to special amenities, including:
- A large monitor to connect their laptop
- Wi-Fi internet access
- Access to a high-quality printer
- A designer's reference library
- Access to professional meeting facilities to host client presentations
- A P.O. Box for their business
"Our freelance design customers tell us that, like any small business, one of their biggest challenges is lack of time and resources," said George McGowan, CoCo member and senior vice president of marketing at Navitor. "We want to find new ways to help our customers grow. Enabling them to
participate in the coworking movement, connect with prospective clients and collaborate with other creative professionals is a great way for us to help their businesses grow and succeed."
In addition to providing great amenities, the Design Works Studio will connect designers to potential clients, within the CoCo community and beyond. Navitor will actively promote Design Works members to its larger network of customers and employees. Design Works members will be invited to exclusive networking and social events.
"Launching Design Works Studio is a great development for our community," said Kyle Coolbroth, a founding partner at CoCo. "Many of our members need the help of good designers to build their own brands. Also, we have had a lot of interest in CoCo from the local design community and the Design Works Studio program eliminates the barriers they've had to joining."
Prospective Design Works members can apply for membership at http://www.navitor.com/members/designworks-studio.
CoCo is a place where freelance professionals, small businesses and corporate workgroups can gather to share ideas, team up on projects and get work done. For many professionals, CoCo is an alternative to working from home or meeting at the local coffee shop. CoCo has locations in Lowertown St. Paul and in downtown Minneapolis, on the former trading floor of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. More information: http://cocomsp.com.
Navitor, Inc., a subsidiary of the Taylor Corporation, is one of North America's largest trade-only commercial printers and is headquartered in Mankato, Minnesota. Offering an extensive assortment of custom print and personalized products at wholesale prices, Navitor supports a broad network of print resellers who are experts in design, marketing, communication and print. With a national manufacturing footprint, online print management via Navitor.com and expert customer support staff, Navitor is designed to serve graphic communications professionals who need a strategic business partner rather than another vendor. For more information: http://navitor.com/blog and http://www.navitor.com/blog/the-history-of-navitor/.