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Maciek’s Studio

October 29, 2012

An old/new link:


June 11, 2009

nearly ready

Vertical parts before finishing, waxing and assembling.

parts gluing

Pillar during gluing

before powderSteel parts prepared, before powdercoating procedure.


Powernet – strong streachy fabric considered to be used in mid-prototyping.

work by workstation

Prototyping on the functional model.

Research conclusions

February 6, 2009

Specificity of home environment . Quite a few things are coming into my mind when thinking about the specific of working at home. Working at home involves being mixed with ones home life, does not provide an option of being excluded like in case of being at work somewhere else, as such it would be good to have the space dedicated for work out of the rest of the home, room, flat. It gives one a possibility of escape from work when at home. Some of people do not have this comfort of having separate workshop, office, private room no matter how we name it. The possibility of successful concentration in the place when other people are leading their normal life is decreased in this case. It is possible, and people do it often when working, to put earphones or noise protectors on to be isolated from external noise. For some of those though it is not a problem when the level of the noise or its character allow to get used to it.

Business Visits. Before people started to travel to work they of course did their job nearby the place they lived, in surrounding buildings, or in special rooms, or chambers how they used to call it. They were dealing in their business spaces, stores, warehouses, offices located in their homes or by it side. Characteristic feature o nearly every profession is the fact of having business visitors. Not every place is suitable to undertake a guest ad even less is suitable to any kind of cooperation with this kind of guest. In most cases it a lo of visitors must deal with keeping their laptops n their knees, low coffee tables, squeeze in by the side of a host co-operator and lurking over the shoulder standing trying to see what the other one is trying to demonstrate. None of workstations I have seen is sitable to a kind of work involving both the host and customer in he way being convincing for both of them, equaly comfortable and giving the feel of being proessionally hosted.

Focusing on work depends on the distracting factors and their intensity. Some people find themselves distracted by the fact that someone is passing in their view range, some are not even distracted by the smell of food prepared by someone else. Some people are closing eyes to concentrate and some shorten their sight focus automatically to not to see sharply when thinking. Most of the people focus their attention when looking at the candle flame – it is very relaxing. Very focus-friendly I find layers putting themselves on, that the one sticks out behind the previous one symmetrically from both sides, like the curtains and layers of decorations in the theatre.

It draws us into the space visually and, in my opinion, is better to wok with than flat solid wall in front of the desk.

Other focusing techniques is having an opening in a solid surface one can observe what is behind and focus sight on the one far object. The other technique useful in front of the wall is having a mirror placed in a way that one can observe what is behind to allow having a far focus when working in front of the computer.

Quiet distractions. Other elements like fast moving objects and fast music, speeds one up when working and regular rhythm allows to work more rhythmically and smoothly over certain tasks.

If something is running to fast – an action plan, people sending next tasks shortly after the other or if we are somehow forced to glance at the running stopwatch in our sight range – we are becoming heavily stressed. We are very receptive creatures.

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Workspace & motivation – questionaire summary

February 6, 2009

dscf6510My own workspace (fragment)

To check what people think and to verify my notion of the influence of the workspace on user I have prepared a questionnaire and gathered feedback opinions.


1 Do you think that the work space can make you reluctant to work? (yes/no)

yes / yes / yes / no / I love my work – therefore I can’t hate my workspace / yes definitely / yes / yes / no / yes / yes / yes – if you mean in general / no- if you mean the my studio in particular

2 What is that makes you reluctant to start or carry on with the work in certain space?

(e.g. not enough space, lighting conditions, mess, lack of sth, excess of sth, colour, space arrangement, certain materials used, structural features …etc.)

crowded desk / too little space / not having tools at hand / distracting or solitary workspace / limited space /mess / too cold / too dark / not enough space / anything which makes me uncomfortable – like TV near me / thinking abut outdoor activities / friends around / skype / lack of natural light- big thing / when dark outside feel like go to bed or stay in bed / distractions / noises / too bright fluorescent light / lighting conditions / space arrangement / lack of materials / usually mess / lack of free space / feeling of temporariness of the workspace (come, work, go) / low-level lighting and loud music are things I would not choose to have in my work space but these things are easy to change so wouldn’t be unmotivating / damp spaces with mouldy damp walls would make me reluctant to work in the space but I would if I had to.


3 Are there any especially disturbing situations with objects in your working space? What are they?

too many papers / models / struggling with having not enough leg space / tv / keeping vase of flowers on my desk – flooded laptop / no such situations / no such situations / scrap materials things useful one day and than cluttering the space / most disturbing thing is the amount of spiders that I find in timber – I find this difficult to cope with.

4 What are the kinds of objects other than tools in your work area? (Mascots, emotional objects, photos, favourites miscellaneous…)

coffee cups etc / bits and pieces from friends / photos / presents / rapid form models / projects / not used /  music / flowers, presents / photographs / light music on radio / books / magazines /collection of different lights / postcards / photos / old models / window / ideas and objects / famous furniture / design works / m mug / parts of other projects / mementos / the odd bit of fruit or a drink / a few books but only relating to my work

Are they making any change to your motivation in work? Would it be the same if they were not there when you work?

enjoying to be surrounded by mementos / they brighten up the office / it is nice to make yourself like home / no they just make me feel like home / window is important / it is an inspiration so yes / finish the work is most important / they are important / yes they make change / it is nice to see where you have been with other projects

Is their presence positive to your work or you are just keeping it even though they are being awkward?

positive – though some of it nuisance /the presence is positive / positive / enriching my life / positive / very positive / positive /positive,


5 Is there something in your work space that is the extra motivating factor? What is it?

(clock, timer, calendar, “get yourself to work !” labels, a chair -hard to get out of, etc…)

no / be calm magnet on the fridge / messages on the wall / nothing / I am self motivating / things that I think have been designed well  – would like my projects joined them / work I want to improve / nothing / well working machines and tools / things around me / It changes – usually a picture for inspiration / no

6 What you have seen in others people workspaces which can be a motivating factor for them. Would you put something like that in your space?

model images / pictures of things I like / speakers drawers under desk / power socket / nice flowers! / nothing / library – plenty of books / cant think of anything like that / post it notes / white board / yes if I can afford / motivation is inspiration ant this means objects, plastic fried egg- I do not feel like I need one / ‘to do’ lists – I do these that I don’t forget to do anything though not to motivate.

7 What motivates you the most to start work in your space?

clean desk / structured piles / I tend not to work in my space but surf the net / clean clear desk / free space / new spaces like hotel rooms are very exciting / unfinished work trying to enjoy my activities / coffee / people around me /clean desk / pen, sketchbook and coffee / I don’t have any physical things that make me start working

What motivates you to start work at all, if there is nothing motivating in your workspace?

the project itself / power of will / enjoyment / panic / deadlines / seeing others working hard / unfinished problems / pressure /internet. / I’m very motivated to work as I see that I have a little time to make the most of the facilities here and I need to leave completely ready to work on my own. So I work!

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