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There is this product called Trace Power by OFS Brands. It is an aluminum rail mounted around the perimeter of a table top that delivers power and A/V connections in a minimal and seamless way. Love it.
The best part: Every seat at the table has access to power at the edge of the surface. We hear angels singing!
Seven months in the making, “Design the New Business,” is a MUST SEE documentary film that explores how DESIGN could help shape the future of business.
As our world changes, the challenges to businesses increase. Old ways of thinking are being replaced by open minds and creativity. Design is playing a central role in helping to solve problems and drive the future.
The creators of Design the New Business are hopeful that the movie will ignite worldwide discussion of design’s potential influence as businesses move into uncharted territory.
These changes are already evident in our industry with open space plans, benching systems, collaborative workspaces, engaging environments and the list goes on. But if business models do indeed take major shifts toward incorporating “conceptual and creative thinking” into their daily problem solving practices, possible solutions will become excitingly endless for those who plan and design working environments.
The movie includes interviews with a collection of strategic business and design leaders from across the world.
In it, they discuss how businesses are facing never-before experienced problems and using design as a tool to unlock innovation and overcome these challenges.
From the automotive industry to museum wayfinding to enhancements in airline service, leaders discuss how the design process plays a critical role in uncovering solutions to today’s business challenges.
I see a changing attitude toward business in general. There’s a bit of distrust when it comes to companies as organizations. It’s about credibility. It’s about being authentic. So, companies have a challenge to stay relevant in that mindset. And if you want to stay relevant, you have to be in the places where good conversations, where interactions between people is actually happening, where changes in interaction can be observed. It requires far more openness because the whole design trajectory is not as linear as it used to be. You can’t predict upfront what the end result is going to be. That is the new challenge.
Willem Boijens, Head of Research and Development, Océ
Managing complexity is one of the huge opportunities of our time.
Rich Radka, Partner, Claro Partners
Business schools are doing more design thinking and design schools are doing more business thinking.
Frido Smulders, Director of Strategic Product Design, Delft University of Technology
Below is the impressive list of interviewees and companies you will hear speak.
- Alexander Osterwalder
- Claro Partners
- Delft University of Technology
- Design Thinkers
- Engine Service Design
- FH Münster
- Philips Design
- Proto Partners
- Virgin Mobile
- Zilver Innovation
What did you think about the movie? Will companies embrace creative thinking or will they be forced to?
The Design The New Business project was initiated and produced by Erik Roscam Abbing of the design thinking consultancy Zilver innovation and 6 students from all over the world, studying strategic design at the Delft University of Technology.
Today, storage is not just about filing old or unused records in case there is a need for future reference.
Far from it.
With companies trimming down on physical office size as well as opting for more open and collaborative spaces, they are losing traditional areas to file information. Storage must now be incorporated into actual working areas and must be accessible on a daily basis.
Awkward and inadequate storage space can even lead to lowered productivity.
“The average cost of searching for just ONE misfiled document is $120”
Poor storage solutions not only have an impact on companies’ bottom-line, they affect employee moral as well.
“Inadequate storage and filing space ranks in the Top 10 office complaints by employees”
Yet even with these alarming statistics, storage is typically the most overlooked issue when companies consider new or renovated offices. A whitepaper titled Filing and Storage by KI is a must read for anyone planning new or renovated office workspaces. Below are just a few of the highlights garnered from the paper:
- Because proper planning is missed at the beginning stages, storage is the most frequently reconfigured workstation component
- Even though we are supposedly moving toward a paperless society, storage needs have only grown, not diminished
- Companies must determine information they need to store based on how often it is accessed from daily to periodically to rarely.
- 36 percent of worksurface space is is now occupied by computers, monitors and other electronic equipment, efficient storage making even more important.
- The ever growing concepts such as teaming, collaboration and virtual offices which promote shared spaces have created a shortage of traditional storage areas
Further, KI suggests four key areas that should be considered early in the design stages to ensure appropriate storage needs are not only met, but allow for room to grow.
1. Real Estate Costs
Although it varies by industry, the goal of most companies these days is to reduce the office space required per employee. This has been the result of many factors from the economy to reduce costs to the popularity of open spaces to increase teamwork.
- With offices getting smaller, there is less room for the typical 5-high lateral files
- With panels being lowered in most systems, storage cabinets are disappearing
2. Wasted Space
Traditional storage solutions must be reexamined to locate any potential gains.
- Something as seemingly small as 1.5” can produce 20% more space by using 10.5” drawers instead of the traditional 12.”
- It’s important to take an audit of exactly what is to be stored. The way that information is managed has changed dramatically. Everything is not on letter- or legal-sized paper. For instance, systems must accommodate other forms of media including CD’s and DVD’s among others.
Being able to “find” information is imperative.
- It is estimated that workers spend 15 – 30 percent of their work time “looking” for information.
- A typical organization of about 1,000 employees wastes $6 million to $12 million per year searching for nonexistent information, failing to find existing information or recreating information that can’t be found.
4. Environmental Issues
Green design has now become the single greatest force in the building industry.
- 92 percent of facilities managers surveyed say they are actively working to make their facilities more sustainable.
- Because a great deal of storage solutions are incorporated into the actual workspace within the actual furniture and walls, they must be aesthetically pleasing was well.
- Well done storage systems can actually help companies toward their LEED® Certification.
So, plan for storage in the beginning stages. You can choose to do it now, or be forced to do it later.
You can download the complete whitepaper from KI, as well as proposed solutions, here.
What better way to consistently sell what you do than letting people see and feel it as they stroll through your office?
They sell communication and one of the first things you see upon entering is a piece of the Berlin Wall (shown to the left) – an expressive symbol of suppressive lines of communication being torn down. But, they not only sell communication, they sell cutting edge information and/or the latest news. Below are a few things we caught during the tour that we think have successfully created a visual and expressive link between where they work and what they do.
- Touch screen wall
- Wrap around ticker feeds with Twitter and Bloomberg updates
- 100 percent open work plan removing all barriers and hierarchy way of thinking
- Expressive and arresting artwork
- Meetings rooms for collaborative communication
- Communal kitchens
- LEED® certified roof top area for parties, gatherings as well as day-to-day work
- Wellness room for employees to relax and rejuvenate.
Take a look at the video tour below. What all do you see?
Public relations is all about open communication and that message is loud and clear from anywhere in their office. Does your office say what you do? Let us know.