Design for Innovation


Interview with Nate Wendling

“There are those companies that come in to work with The Forge and then decide they have the capability to do that in house,” Nate said. The Fuse by Cardinal Health is one of those companies. After The

Forge, Bob Myers introduced Nate to Cardinal Health to pitch the idea of a similar space designed to fit the expanding needs of a huge healthcare company.

“When you go inside Cardinal Health, you see traditionally dressed people. When you go to The Fuse, you see people in tee shirts and sandals,” Nate said. It’s filled with people writing software that will directly influence Cardinal Health. “The space was an old grocery store until we blew everything out. We did a study to get program requirements to get a feel for what they needed. Interestingly, they’ve already expanded because they’ve blown up.”

Nate explained that the biggest challenge with this project was in convincing Cardinal Health that this was something they needed. There were a few people pulling for change inside the walls of a traditional company. “The amount of innovation inside these spaces is crazy and the speed of development is… astronomical,” Nate said.

I asked him how his design accommodated the vision. 

“Accommodated innovation? It just came down to understanding how they work. We’re always concerned with how the space looks. That’s our responsibility to make sure the space functions. It was an evolution that took some time, but that’s the most important: understanding how they work.”

2014 Pop Culture Facts

Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding! That’s the answer to the question everyone was asking in 2013, “What does the fox say?” They had to be preoccupied with something because 30 Rock aired its last episode and that’s just depressing, but House of Cards and Orange is the New Black premiered on Netflix, so there were at least two weekends this year where pizza deliveries skyrocketed and restaurants should have closed their doors. The other days were probably filled with watching and rewatching Sharknado and doing the Harlem Shake. (WHY THOUGH?!) No really. Why do the Harlem Shake when Miley showed us how to twerk? Kidding. Mostly kidding. Gravity came out in the theater and I don’t even know what to say about that.