Does casual dress harm productivity at work?

According to fashion psychologist Dr. Karen Pine, a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, dressing casually can make a person feel less focused and alert. A study of work attire by Hajo Adam and Adam Galinksky found that subjects wearing physician’s lab coats were better at tasks that required attention. Interestingly, when the subjects […] Read more

Designing spaces for creativity

Student & designer John Wetzel researched the elements needed when designing spaces for creativity. His search involved a literature review and work with expert designers at Steelcase and Haworth, plus observational research on creative office space use in Michigan and California. He looked at how physical environments influence people’s creative potential and distilled his thoughts […] Read more

Self-driving workplaces that commute to you

Global design consultancy IDEO has developed a series of concept vehicles that imagine how autonomous vehicles could transform the way we work, shop and travel. As part of its Future of Automobility project, IDEO produced three concepts exploring the potential of driverless vehicles, including on-demand delivery services and workplaces that commute to employees. One of the oncepts rethinks […] Read more

When architects create the ‘office of the future’ with no restraints

In September 2013, U.S. commercial real estate firm Vornado/Charles E. Smith challenged architects with creating offices of the future—with no design restraints whatsoever. The only direction was to create the office of the future that could be used today—and to keep it within a reasonable budget. The six firms—FOX Architects, OTJ Architects, Perkins + Will, […] Read more

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