WELD: Collaborative Work and Creative Space

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I had the pleasure of visiting one of the neatest places I’ve ever been to, especially in Dallas! It’s called WELD and it’s a collaborative work environment for Dallas-based creatives, photographers, and productivity/community buffs.

You’d be tempted to call it a coworking spot and I’ve definitely visited tons of coworking places, especially in Atlanta, but this is different – you might even be tempted to say that it’s categorically different.

It’s the brainchild of a collective bunch led by Austin Mann, a world-traveling photographer, but even as I spoke to him 1-on-1 I could see that this wasn’t about him and his vision but about rather how the collective vision of many creatives birthed this project into life.

You see, all the art, all the design, all the pieces of furniture, and even the coffee experience (and it’s a darn good one) was created uniquely by the residents. As Austin said it,

I just wanted them to go all out and make it their own. Lots of people say that but we actually wanted to do it. This is their space and you’ll see their fingerprints all over it. tweet

As a result you’ll see a touch of one person’s design-love all over the walls and the caffeine experience, as I mentioned before, is from a local enthusiast who crafted the area tailored to their unique vision and experience.

It’s all community-led, community-driven, powered, and naturally financed. In just a few short months they are on track for fully booking out the entire space. This is a dream-like scenario for any new business, especially a brick and mortar.

And of the studio space for photographers? To die for. I’m not in that space but this was like a dream come true. It’s a win-win for everyone as costs are lowered for all those who want in and the space is not mediocre; it’s world-class.

I just walked around taking photos from my iPhone (although you’ll see a few from their own lenses) and just making mental notes of how this is what a creative and collaborative work environment is all about.

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I asked Austin if he thought that this “magic” could be repeated in other areas but it was incredibly distinct and obviously a growing success.

He paused for a moment and told me that he believed it could be possible, it would just require the right people to make it all come together.

I understood – the way that it’s been built here, by the people and for the people, it couldn’t happen any other way.

Check out Weld if you’re in the Dallas area – all the common resources and amenities are available with some super-fast wifi. But you’ll come away with an entirely different flavor from the community and you’d be a fool not to sign up.

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2410 FARRINGTON ST.
DALLAS TX, 75207

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  • http://twitter.com/jimgrayonline Jim Gray (@jimgrayonline)

    Yeah Austin Mann & crew did an amazing job!

  • http://www.jonnymccormick.wordpress.com Jonny McCormick

    I love this series on co-working/collaborative workspaces that you run. Love it.

    Was kind of hoping for a video interview to accompany this one. We need more Saddington Podcasts!

  • http://charleshutchinson.com Hutch

    It is a huge dream of mine to create a space like this. I live about 40 miles northeast of there. The local coffee shops are small and packed daily with folks hunkered over their laptops working alone, while a potentially great idea or contact is sitting right next to them. Because of the non-collaborative environment, they will never speak and opportunity is lost.

    I am going to find a way to make this happen.

    Thanks for these series on the collab spaces.

    Hutch

  • http://www.facebook.com/christophercwalters Chris C Walters

    Great review and pictures of Weld.co. I’ve really enjoyed working here and growing Bespoke.to amongst so many creatives!

  • http://www.weld.co WELD Creative Space

    We loved having you in the space yesterday John. Thanks for this killer review on our creative workspace! Super inspired by talkin’ with you.

  • http://bradylandry.wordpress.com Brady Landry

    Seems like s great place for people to share ideas and work together, lending their expertise to others. The learning potential is infinite, and given the space and resources available, so is the amount of fun that could also be had. Who said work couldnt be fun?

  • http://www.makemoneyinlife.com JamesW

    Place looks amazing and you took very good pictures. I felt like I’ve been there, you caught everything.