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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 our world.


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.

The Machinists

We’ve got four anchor companies who founded and share our space, along with a quarterly artist-in-residence
and a few like-minded creative folks who work along side us or drop in to collaborate.

Co-Pilot Creative

Crafting and launching brands into full flight.

Co-Pilot Creative Website

Design Rangers

Field guides to the creative world.

Design Rangers Website

Echo Architecture

Sustainable. Economical. Beautiful.

Echo Architecture Website

Fixer Creative Co.

Brand Design + Creative Direction

Fixer Creative Co. Website

AIGA Colorado Springs

Our local outpost of the national association of design. Committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force.

AIGA Colorado Springs Website

Claire Swinford

Current Machine Shop resident artist.
Show: November 6

Claire Swinford Website

The Space

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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?
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.

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