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This Office-In-A-Box Is A Cubicle You’ll Actually Want To Use

Cubicles are universally panned as a symbol of cloistered office culture and soul-sucking corporate standardization. But in the hands of designer Francesc Rifé, an office in a cube becomes something nostalgically precious.<p>HO is a home office the Barcelona-based practitioner designed for the Spanish …

2016 Best of Furniture Design

This year we saw a lot of heavily-trafficked posts in furniture design, covering everything from old-school techniques to newfangled technologies, …

Good Charts

Publication Date: <b>May 17, 2016</b><p>A good visualization can communicate the nature and potential impact of information and ideas more powerfully than any other form of communication. For a long time "dataviz" was left to specialists--data scientists and professional designers. No longer. A new generation …

BMW, among others, to help bring more female designers into auto industry

It’s no secret that the automotive industry has been pretty male-dominated throughout history. Whatever the reasons may be, whether it be women not …

Automotive Industry

Free Online Architecture Courses From World-Class Universitites

Thinking of continuing your studies but don't want to start a master's or a doctorate just yet? Around the world, short-term courses taken remotely …

Design Idea For Stairs - This Stair Landing Has Hidden Shoe Storage

When Post Architecture designed the renovation of this semi-detached home in Toronto, Canada, they thought about how they could add additional …

3 Ways to Use Design Principles to Create a Better Company Culture | Inc.com

Business is all about people. This is what I learned from Alan Mulally, former Ford CEO, who not only saved Ford Motor Company from bankruptcy but saw employee satisfaction double during his tenure in Dearborn. So--how do you make it all about the people?<p>Designers understand this, because they have …

How WeWork Capitalizes On Aging Architecture

The coworking company is remaking historic and aging buildings across America.<p>“They don’t build ’em like they used to.” It’s an oft-repeated phrase by those who wax nostalgic. But in the case of the Corbin Building–an office building architect Francis H. Kimball designed in 1888–the saying holds …

Design Your Employee Experience as Thoughtfully as You Design Your Customer Experience

Improving customer experience is often a top business priority, but what about employee experience?<p>Temkin Group reports a correlation between employee engagement and success in customer experience. In its 2016 Employee Engagement Benchmark Study, the firm showed that companies that excel at …

How Companies That Design Offices For A Living Design Their Own Offices

Snøhetta, Perkins + Will, and NBBJ explain the design methodology of their offices.<p>Many companies can be forgiven for a lackluster office. Not Snøhetta, Perkins + Will, and NBBJ. These three architecture firms are specifically <i>known</i> for their office design work, among other things. From their use of …

Why Herman Miller Redesigned Its Bestselling Aeron Chair

Should you redesign a bestselling classic? Herman Miller's iconic Aeron chair offers a helpful case study.<p>We've all heard that old saying 'if it isn't broken, don't fix it.' But that's not what the maker of the bestselling office chair of all time said. Let's go back to 1994, the year a global …

IKEA revealed by Dezeen Hot List as most influential design brand

IKEA is the brand that architects and designers are most interested in, not Apple or Nike, finds our inaugural Dezeen Hot List.<p>The Swedish furniture …

The Whiteboard Gets A Vibrant Redesign

Can a change in perspective make brainstorming more productive? Nendo thinks so.<p>Ever been confounded when you walk into a meeting and find the room doesn’t have a whiteboard? Japanese design firm Nendo has an answer to that: a giant, circular whiteboard that you can wheel into any room you want …

5 Top Designers On How To Create The Ultimate PowerPoint Presentation

Slide presentations usually suck–but a good designer can turn that around. Here are four tips for selling your ideas.<p>PowerPoints are awful. Long and uninteresting, they are the corporate drone of visual media–synonymous with endless meetings, academic conferences, and corporate retreats.<p>For graphic …

How Microsoft Used an Office Move to Boost Collaboration

What type of office design is best for productivity and engagement? Today, this common question tends to have two distinct answers. On the one hand are the tech start-ups, who advocate for open office plans that emphasize chance encounters. Google’s new campus is designed to maximize chance …

A Brutally Realistic Guide To Your “Dream Job” Of Working For Yourself

Here’s how to nail the “living” part of “living the dream.”<p>When many people are asked what their “dream job” might be, the answer often involves becoming their own boss. It often doesn’t matter in what field–the main allure is no longer having any superiors to answer to. In fact, according to one …

Designing Your (Mid) Life, No Porsche Or Crisis Required

How the popular Stanford Designing Your Life course, now a book, is affecting mid-career professionals.<p>Brigid* started reading romance novels in her early teens. “It has always been my first love,” she says. She embraced every fantastical sub-genre, from historical drama to paranormal. “I wanted to …

Studio Swine resurrects Fordlandia, Henry Ford’s lost Amazon utopia

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Henry Ford

The More You Energize Your Coworkers, the Better Everyone Performs

How much energy do you have at work? Do you feel invigorated and engaged or down and disengaged? Either way, the reason might be your coworkers: They are infecting you with their energy, positive or negative.<p>We “catch” energy through our interactions with people – something called “relational …

New home design service lets you ‘try on’ furniture before buying

Modsy renders a room in 3D and expertly designs it—and that’s exactly what I let it do to my own living room<p>Modsy, like a lot of great ideas, was borne out of a need and an obsession. When cofounder and CEO Shanna Tellerman and her husband moved into a new home three years ago, they were excited …

Living Rooms

Industry expert warns that 3D printing cannot rely on Creative Commons and OSS legislation

Sep 9, 2016 | By Nick<p>Open Source Software licenses and Creative Commons agreements have become part and parcel of the 3D printing industry, but now …

The Next Wave Of Dutch Design

Subverting systems, tackling ethical issues, and questioning ownership: The latest crop of Dutch designers is no longer about ironic winks.<p>Agatha Haines’s portfolio has 3D-printed organs, hyperrealistic (but artificial) flayed faces, and surgically altered infants. The collective We Make Carpets …

Brainstorm Better With This Simple Card Game, From Obama’s Campaign Designers

Cards Against Humanity for brainstorming is here.<p>Brainstorming is dumb. Oh, sure, it sounds good: an open forum for ideas to bounce off one another in a democratic group sesh where everyone’s views and opinions are considered equally. In reality, though, the best ideas lose out to the loudest ideas …

Why Architects Design Chairs

Working at a small scale has some surprising benefits.<p>Eero Saarinen, Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Thomas Heatherwick, Walter Gropius, Shigeru Ban, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry: If it seems like every architect of note has also designed a chair, it’s because that’s pretty much true. Why? In her new book</i> …

The Easiest Way To Pilot Your Smart Home? Try A Button.

Logitech’s cute, easily programmed buttons offer a vastly simplified way to control your burgeoning network of smart appliances.<p>The Internet of Things is a confusing place. You may have several smart products in your home, like a Wi-Fi-connected fridge, a Bluetooth-enabled air conditioner, a pair …

We’re Only Just Beginning To Understand How Color Impacts Users

Do you use Inkwell or Valencia on Instagram? The choice, it turns out, may say a lot about your well-being.<p>Color and our emotions have an incredibly complex relationship. Recent research, for example, shows that our emotional state affects what colors we see: sad feelings actually hamper our …

Could Sensor Networks Be The Secret To Less Hellish Offices?

Open offices aren’t going anywhere soon. But an experimental sensor network and app from NBBJ might make them more tolerable.<p>The offenses of open offices are numerous and well-documented: noise, frigid air (and its cousin, blazing heat), and productivity- and creativity-killing distractions, to …

Topshop Throws Its Weight Behind Wearables

A heated blazer won Topshop’s first design competition aimed at smart garment technology.<p>This week, the mass-market fashion retailer Topshop–which is based in London but has stores in select cities in the U.S.–selected a heated jacket as the winner of its first annual wearable tech competition, …

Powerful new drawing tool goes back to basics

When it comes to creating a design project, getting ideas onto the page or screen quickly is easier said than done. It's all too easy to get slowed …

Art of Story (Part 1)

I am a storyteller. Know how people say we are made of stardust, I say we are made of stories. I am not the first to think, much less write this, others have said it before, and perhaps more eloquently.<p>The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms. -- Muriel Rukeyser<p>"We're all made of stories. When …