Expert Insights

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?

Back to the Foosball


When the recession hit, employers buckled down by rallying their troops to keep their heads down and make great things happen. As part of that resolve, it wasn’t uncommon to see perks like the office Wii gathering dust — after all, “playing” when you were lucky to have a job didn’t seem tasteful.

But now we’re seeing the re-emergence of play in the office — and, hopefully, what it’s revealing to employers is that having a release isn’t just “cool” for culture, but a real part of productivity.

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.

A Pivotal Shift: Scalable Workplaces


How does a firm determine the appropriate actions for a unique situation? What changes must be made, and why? Since real estate costs are a big item on the expense sheet, a company must understand both its current situation and where it needs–”and wants–”to be.

A holistic approach is essential.