5 People Designing for Interaction

Gary Miciunas of NELSON, Michael Berger of Partners by Design, Ferdinand Dimailig of Box Studios, Renae Bradshaw of HOK, and Arturo Febry of IA Interior Architects spoke to a crowd of 100 attendees at Work Design Magazine’s AIA CES-approved event, “Designing for Employee Interaction” in Chicago.

Office Spaces that Reflect Teamwork Mentality

You–â„¢ve probably heard (or used) buzzwords to describe today’s office worker — these “communicators”, or “collaborators” might work in spaces we design called “huddle rooms” or “team areas”.  But in a world where the design trends are growing toward a consultant-based workforce, where does teamwork fit?

Mobile Employees: Attached Yet Unattached

Productivity, efficiency, and flexibility are three common themes that arise when our industry talks about the future of the office. Mobile work is a reality, and studies consistently show that employees are choosing be work outside of the workplace in order to be more productive.

Managing Conflict with Color

Conflict management is a fundamental part of our professional environments and color affects our psyche tremendously. Clash in a work environment is bound to happen—different people, backgrounds, and ideas on how to do things.

What if Designers Commit to Local Culture?

With instant-communication based technologies increasingly becoming commonplace across the planet, we are beginning to see global — rather than local, regional, or national — design aesthetics emerge. So perhaps in the near future, elements like national pride, local climate, immediate geographical factors, and regional materials will not inspire our work as commercial designers.

But what if we re-commit to intensely cultural design?

What If We Designed With All 5 Senses?

If we used all five senses to design our workspaces, would this make us — as end users — happier and more productive workers?

Most designers typically create spaces with only two of our five senses; namely, sight and touch. But maybe it’s not out of the question that we could use sound, scent, and taste when tackling a design challenge.

Perhaps a cohesive approach with all our senses considered would make our spaces more creative, joyful, and experiential.