Ice Cream Social at Nottingham Spirk

Nottingham Spirk - Ice Cream Social

Nottingham Spirk Design is the longest-standing design collaborative in the world. Why? It’s simple: They align their resources and culture.


It’s every innovators’ dream to see their ideas come to life. At Nottingham Spirk, this process happens within their walls quicker than anywhere else. Their Vertical Innovation model allows their associates to shepherd ideas rapidly through design, testing, prototyping and all the way to advanced manufacturing. The final step is in the homes and offices of consumers all over the world who have no idea the items they use every day come from an innovation center in Cleveland, OH – and have for decades.

But having a state-of-the-art innovation center isn’t the only reason for their being named one of Fast Company’s Best 100 Workplaces for Innovators.


NS understands that in order to create disruptive innovation, they need a team of individuals who not only have the talent and the resources, but who relish coming to work every morning. By cultivating a work environment that truly values and fosters innovation and creativity, they can create more breakthrough products (and faster) than any other organization their size in the world. They believe it’s the little things that make a big difference. 

We spent an afternoon with Nottingham Spirk and their employees during an Ice Cream Social with East Coast Custard… and it’s clear why they are named one of top workplaces for innovators, along with Google, Apple, Slack and Spotify to name a few.

Sometimes we need a moment to step back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Doing it alongside some fury companions with delicious custard in hand ain’t bad either.