Agencies Give Young Creatives a Place to Work Through the Free Desk Here Project

Welcome a squatter today

If your agency has a little extra desk space and would like to give it a higher purpose than storing empty binders, you might be interested in the Free Desk Here project. The international effort, created by the London-based Open Studio Club, provides aspiring creative professionals with free workspace at willing agencies. The squatter creatives do their own work, not agency projects. The goal is to give up-and-coming talent the facilities, tools and camaraderie to create professional-caliber work. Here are the rules:

    Desks are 100 percent free. There's no charge.

    Guests are there to work on their own projects, not the agency's work.

    Agencies can end things at any point.

    WiFi and other facilities like the kitchen, toilet and windows are included.

    The desk is available only during agency hours.

    Guests should not invite anyone into the agency.

    Meeting rooms are off limits to guests.

    Use of stationery, printers, telephones, etc., are not included.

    Guests might be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.

    Guests shouldn't play their own music.

    Guests should respect the studio culture.

    Guests should not remove anything from the studio.

    Guests might be asked to meet the agency before being offered the desk.

    Guests should be open to share ideas and talk about their work.

    Guests should be actively working on a project and attend the agency daily.

    The free desk is not a short cut to getting a job at the agency.

Interested in offering up space or browsing for a desk to jockey? Check out the Free Desk Here website for details and photos of participating shops.