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Threadless's Playful Chicago Workspace

  1. ‘Fun Space’
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    ‘Fun Space’

    Beneath more than 200 T-shirts hanging from the rafters of shirtmaker Threadless’s cavernous Chicago headquarters, workers play Ping-Pong, billiards, foosball, or Big Buck Hunter. Chief Executive Officer Tom Ryan’s French bulldog Lola, wearing perhaps the only collar on the premises, roams freely. “We believe in having a fun space,” Ryan says.

    Shoppers can visit the office showroom and shop online for one of Threadless’s custom T-shirts.

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  2. Design Competition
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    Design Competition

    Each team, from finance to customer service, gets a budget to design its space; then they compete for which is best.

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  3. Personalize It
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    Personalize It

    In the former FedEx warehouse, employees personalize their workspaces.

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  4. Silk-Screening
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    Silk-Screening

    Some of the quirky designs submitted by 2.2 million online members are primed for do-it-yourself silk-screening.

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  5. Claw-Machine Game
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    Claw-Machine Game

    The retro, arcade-style claw-machine game serves as a reminder that Threadless offers T-shirts in kids’ sizes.

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  6. Million-Sellers
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    Million-Sellers

    Threadless says it sells “millions and millions” of T-shirts a year.

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