The power of collaboration
The Machine Shop is the collaborative workspace co-founded by four independent creative studios as a shared studio space, with room for a few like-minded creative folks to join us along the way. Located in downtown Colorado Springs, this former automotive garage is now home to artists, architects, developers, designers, writers and video wizards.
So, can you fix my car?
Probably not. Our name is an homage to our studio’s history. Nicknamed “The Machine Shop” by the hard-working folks who worked here in decades past, our workspace still embodies the same roll-up-our-sleeves, straight-talking, fix-it-better mentality as our predecessors. But, with 100% more creativity and a whole lot less axle grease.
You’ll find us doing creative work for clients, sharing ideas, throwing events, eating tacos, collaborating on projects, hosting artists, and sending a signal boost to the creative greatness in our community.
Nuts & Bolts
Although we’re independent companies with a range of skill sets, we share one important trait: creativity. We put every ounce of energy into creating/building/designing/capturing creative responses for our clients and, we hope, for the betterment of the world around us.
In the immortal words of Vanilla Ice, we like to “stop, collaborate and listen.” We think that working together when projects call for it, sharing our lives, work and ideas can only lead to good things, except for when someone plays Ice Ice Baby on the stereo.
We love Colorado Springs, and part of our mission is to find ways to collaborate not only with each other, but with you. From events, classes, our artist-in-residence program and ideas we haven’t dreamed up yet, we’ve got big plans for all of us.
We’ve got four anchor companies who founded and share our space, along with a few like-minded creative folks who work along side us, an artist-in-residence, and one french bulldog mascot.
Crafting and launching brands into full flight.Co-Pilot Creative Website
Field guides to the creative world.Design Rangers Website
Sustainable. Economical. Beautiful.Echo Architecture Website
Fixer Creative Co.
Design + Writing + Creative DirectionFixer Creative Co. Website
Unexpected storytelling in its purest form.Studio C3 Website
Current Machine Shop resident artist.Briget Heidmous Website
SHOP TALK – A chat about how we work as a distributed creative team.
February 10 @ 6:30 pm
Join us for SHOP TALK, an event put on by the AIGA to engage web designers in a conversation about working as a creative team. Featuring Chris Arnold and Bryant Hughes from Authentic Form & Function. Chris and Bryant will discuss situations they’ve encountered, lessons they’ve learned and sifting through challenges they’ve faced as creators… Read more »Full Event Info
Join the Machine
Although we’re not a traditional open coworking space, everyone can join “the Machine.”
Have an idea? An event? A project you need one or all of us to work on? Want to just hang out or listen to our mascot snore? Drop us a line. Our (enormous) front door is wide open.
We occasionally have a space or two for some like-minded creatives, but we also will have events, classes, art shows, and an artist-in-residence program that we’d love to have you be part of.