IEHF Design Award 2014 Judges Announced
The 5th Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors Ergonomics Design Award, sponsored by CCD, has announced a prestigious judging panel
CCD wins inductive charging project
We have won a great project to help a luxury car manufacturer develop their concept for inductive charging of hybrid vehicles
Wayfinding goes back to school
Read our article on some of the key issues in designing a successful wayfinding scheme in educational establishments.
Ergonomics of new technology changing office design
The shortcoming of the desktop has always been that it fixes us to a desk, a single work position. The experience of many people suggests that whether this work position is provided in a cubicle or an open plan office, none of these environments work for all the tasks we need to do during a working day.
This mobility has meant we have discovered new workspaces like coffee shops as an alternative both for collaborative work and for solo work: for many of us there are fewer distractions sitting in the hubbub of a public space - we even came across the Coffivity app recently that pipes the coffee shop sound into our headphones!
How is office design adapting to this? Designers are truly considering the ergonomics of the office. By this we mean the true definition of ergonomics which is about designing around human capabilities and the performance of tasks (it's not just comfy chairs and health & safety!)
Office design now recognises that we need a range of work spaces to support different working modes and styles.
In our studio (below) as an example, we've included a single large desk that has no defined working positions - it's like working on the kitchen table with mates and encourages people to sit together or to spread out when they need to.
This is great for encouraging collaborative team work. New offices are proving other work spaces like coffee house/cafe spaces, meeting rooms in different forms with different media and spaces to encourage those accidental interactions.
Learning the lessons of the productivity failing of the open plan space, more offices are being design with quiet spaces where you can move and retreat when you need to. Technology helps by not tying us down to a single space.
This remains important as these new technologies are changing our posture - for a great longer read on this, check out this article in Metropolis.