Laura Snoad

I am a London-based freelance journalist specialising in design, arts and culture.

You can find my writing in Grafik (where I'm currently a freelance staff writer), We Heart, Digital Arts, onoffice, Icon, Wrap Magazine and occasionally The Quietus.

Formerly the features editor at Grand Designs Magazine, I have also worked on staff at Marketing Week and Design Week.

Available for projects and commissions.

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Google’s beach-hut-filled London office charmed the design community and beyond with its playfulness and primary-coloured kook when it opened for business in 2010 (onoffice 50). But despite the success of the Scott Brownrigg-designed space, the firm opted for a different approach for Google Engineering’s headquarters on London’s Buckingham Palace Road, commissioning architects Penson to drop the kindergarten palette and develop something a little more grown up.

For this Onoffice feature, I spoke to Penson lead designer Anna Pizzey to talk about the futuristic design for Google, gaining inspiration from programming languages, and getting coders to talk to each other through clever floor planning. 

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