Healthier & Happy at Work | An Infographic

Happy at Work

The never-ending quest to make our days at work more productive and less stressful is a big topic that we all face every day. Feeling healthy and happy does aid in this quest but it requires some effort and thought. Having the right tools will increase our chances for success. So, we decided to help you achieve some of those goals. We did some research and found this very informative infographic that hopefully can give you some useful tips to pump you up!

 

How to be Healthier and Happier at Work #Infographic

Make it a habit!

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Top 5 Apps for Architects 2017

Tablet and smartphones technology have come a long way and compatible applications for the day-to-day work of architects and designers keep growing.

Here we bring you 5 apps for tablets and smartphone that are useful for both architects and designers interested in taking their next project to another level.

iRhino 3D | (IOS)

Would you like to show your beautiful 3-D designs to your clients from anywhere, anytime? This app does just that. Pan, zoom, and rotate with a tap or drag of your finger.

Paper (IOS)

Paper is a simple, It is a beautiful sketching app that lets you treat your iPhone or IPAD just like your favorite notebook. (Free).  You can create sharp diagrams, draw on photos or quickly spotlight details, and take notes.

 MagicPlan (iOS/Android)

Magicplan is the floor plan tool for everyone. This app uses your camera to measure rooms, create floor plans, and suggest work estimates. With the free version, you can create super cool plans.

 AutoCAD 360 (iOS/Android)

Autodesk’s apps let you access your AutoCAD files on-the-go for easy drafting, sketching, and modeling on job sites. View, create, edit, add markups, and share AutoCAD drawings on mobile. Also, you can create new CAD drawings on the go. They a seven-day trial version.

 

 Autodesk FormIt 360 (iOS/Android)

With FormIt® architectural modeling software, architects can sketch, collaborate, analyze, and revise early-stage design concepts. Work smarter from the beginning with BIM-based conceptual design.

 

Do you have any favorite apps that help you do your job as an architect or designer?

 

A Pathway to WELL Certification | Design With Purpose

ASID’s new headquarters is the first space to receive both the WELL Platinum and LEED Platinum certifications. It’s a space that’s on the cutting edge of modern workspace design, but also a space that’s restorative to people with minimal negative impact to the environment.

Read the full story here: Source: A Pathway to WELL Certification | Interface BlogInterface Blog | Design With Purpose

One-Of-A-Kind Space | FreshDIRTT Project #FD061217TSa

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DIRTT Connext 2017 is the best yet. When your inspiration connects with technology, everything is built better.

The newly redesigned  DIRTT’s Chicago Green Learning Center is absolutely exquisite. If you happened to be in Chicago for NeoCon 2017, please make sure to visit their showroom.

 

SOLUTIONS

DIRTT Timber Frame, DIRTT Millwork, Leaf™ Folding Wall system, pivot doors, combination walls, glass walls, solid walls

FINISHES

Back painted glass, clear tempered glass, powder coat, Chromacoat

 

Read the full story. Source: FreshDIRTT Project #FD061217TSa

Knoll to Present a Range of Immersive Planning Solutions at NeoCon 2017

Knoll_NeoCon17Knoll Inc., a constellation of design-driven brands, will showcase a range of Immersive workplace planning solutions for commercial, healthcare, and educational space at NeoCon 2017 – the annual contract industry trade show that will take place in Chicago from June 12 – 14.

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Sit Stand Desktop Converter vs. Complete Standing Desk

The decision to switch from a tradition workstation to one that is height adjustable may be quite simple, but choosing between multiple sit to stand options will take a bit more time. While there a…

Source: Sit Stand Desktop Converter vs. Complete Standing Desk

Charge!

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Jolt! A new power option charging from Kimball Office makes it so much easier to stay connected seamlessly. The Jolt includes a USB charger and a wireless power-charging surface that integrated technology vital to connection, collaboration, and productivity.

What We Like About Jolt!

USB Charger

  • Capable of charging a variety of devices including phones and tablets; IOS or Android
  • Blue light indicates USB connectors are powered
  • Charges up to 2 amps per port
  • Charges devices compatible with USB 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 (Type A)
  • Includes UL listed power adapter with 10′ cord

Wireless Charging

  • Charges up to three devices at the same time; IOS, Android or Windows
  • Charges devices with varying power requirements
  • Capable of charging metal encased phones
  • Includes UL listed power adapter with 6′ cord
  • Can be used on surfaces 1/2″ to 1 3/16″ thick
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TransferWise Transforms Office Design

TransferWise office boasts creative #interiordesign to attract & retain talented employees

Source: TransferWise Transforms Office Design

The Power of Ergonomics to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

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Ergonomics is all about efficiency, less downtime, and better performance, which leads to increased productivity. Isn’t that what all businesses want? Technology has created a variety of tools for the workplace, computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones changing how we work.  Each tool presents new opportunities, as well as challenges for workers. Addressing ergonomic issues affects staff emotionally as well as physically, because it expresses the company’s core values to employees that their health and wellbeing matter.

Most ergonomic injuries happen slowly over time, so they may not be initially detected. It may seem like things are going fine in your business, but gradually poor ergonomics will become more apparent in workers from eye strain, to issues like carpal tunnel, and  back and neck strain slowing productivity. Simple things can be done to design a workplace that minimizes fatigue, stress and injuries to workers that keeps business running smoothly. Many companies are creating tools that can be easily implemented into your business.

Photo of Knoll Remix Chair, Courtesy of Knoll
Photo of Knoll Remix Chair, Courtesy of Knoll

Knoll takes an approach called “holistic ergonomics” in the development of products that address ergonomic concerns.  As the company states in a research paper produced by Knoll, called “Holistic Ergonomics™ – A New Approach”, “Thus, holistic ergonomics is all about creating products and workspaces that support how people think and move.”

Knoll’s popular Remix Chair™ is a prime example of this approach. The chair is designed for performance, as well as comfort.  “Inspired by the idea of bringing pre-existing elements together to make something entirely new, Remix pairs upholstered comfort with innovative Flex Net Matrix™ technology for active, all day support. Remix delivers unexpected performance in a familiar form. By combining traditional and innovative elements, Remix infuses movement into a traditionally static upholstered chair,” according to Knoll.

remic_01Knoll’s popular Remix Chair™ is a prime example of this approach. The chair is designed for performance, as well as comfort.  “Inspired by the idea of bringing pre-existing elements together to make something entirely new, Remix pairs upholstered comfort with innovative Flex Net Matrix™ technology for active, all day support. Remix delivers unexpected performance in a familiar form. By combining traditional and innovative elements, Remix infuses movement into a traditionally static upholstered chair,” according to Knoll.

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Photo of Kimball Joya Chair™courtesy of Kimball

Kimball Office is also committed to creating ergonomic workplace solutions.  According to Kimball, the Kimball Joya™ Chair is designed with advanced ergonomics in mind that perfectly fits all body types and offers back support and fits any workspace.  Advanced ergonomics and material technology give the Joya its smooth-flowing movement. Thoughtfully scaled seat and back components support a wide range of body types comfortably encouraging healthy postures and reducing physical stress. Optional sliding seats modify thigh and back support for people with long legs while an adjustable lumbar option personalizes lower back comfort.

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Both sitting all day and standing all day can be tough on the body. The Humanscale workstation standing desk makes it easy to create some balance. The QuickStand height-adjustable workstation is easy to operate.

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Photo by Humanscale

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National’s ergonomic keyboard kit includes a keyboard mechanism with a tray that adjusts from -15° to +15°, 360° swivel, and arm tilt that moves up and down. The mouse tray can be moved to support right or left-handed users. The keyboard kit also includes high density polyethylene tray platform, foam gel wrist pad, and thermoplastic mouse tray.

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Photo courtesy of National Office

 

Let’s Meet |Tips for Creating an Efficient Conference Room

 

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Whether you are designing a new meeting space or updating your existing conference room,  consider the following basic tips that we have prepared for you:

  1. Think about your brand and the image you want people to see when they attend a meeting. If you are a trendy, cutting edge company you may want to consider a modern, bold look for the room. But if you are more traditional, choose rich woods and more conventional colors.
  2. If you are starting from scratch, think about how many people you want to sit at the conference table.  Use this number as a guide for how much square footage you want to allocate for your conference room.  If you want to sit 12 people, your minimum room size requirement should be at least 12’ x 10’.
  3. Choose a color palette for productivity. To improve efficiency and focus, you may want to try a restful shade of green. To trigger innovation, try a mellow shade of yellow. And if what you want is the room to feel stable and calm, try a soft shade of blue.
  4. Make sure there is enough room for attendees to move around.
  5. Do not cramp the table. Leave enough space between chairs so people have some elbow room.
  6. Choose comfortable, upholstered chairs with ample seat room and back support.
  7. Presentation tools and technology integration are a must. Aside from the basics such as a telephone, make sure you have data ports, outlets to charge laptops and other electronic devices. Audio visual equipment, flat screen displays and white boards are staples for every conference room. Make sure these are user-friendly.
  8. Add a buffet credenza to use as a place to set up drinks and snacks to complement your meeting. That ensures that attendees do not have to leave the room to get refreshments.
  9. Proper lighting is essential for every conference room.  Indirect candescent and diffused fluorescent will offer the most lighting flexibility.Let’s look at some beautiful ideas:

 

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