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DSI – design scene investigation

February 10, 2009

I think many times the approach to workstation design is quite automatic. I could approach it to the Chinese uniform design. Hyper functionality makes it the machine to spend our active time by. I see nothing bad in ergonomics and efficiency but did not we forget about something I could call mental ergonomics which. Maybe I am exaggerating but I think that the way how we do improve the quality of our mental activities is important. This topic is already generally defined in ISO regulations.
Ergonomic principles related to mental work-load
ISO 10075:1991
ISO 10075-2:1996
ISO 10075-3:2004

Because we are similar mentally a human beings we do:
When we want to be focused – switch of the main light (that makes us separated visually from the rest of the surrounding) put the stoppers on our ears to cut off form the external sounds or play very ambient quiet music (there are differences between individuals though)
When we want to be more active we stay in light, (preferably natural sunlight) we listen to the rhythmic, faster and louder tunes to become more lively. Drinking coffee is relevant to both situations.
As I can see we can discern to ways of using the workspace: he open one when we interact with all the elements of the space and closed one when we focus on one only workspace usually the desktop. There are of course several stages between those two schemes.
From those points we can expand our deeper understanding of how we are functioning in space according to its space. Home workspace has this feature that we have better control over our surroundings than in the office and we can customize it freely.
Be careful though because too much freedom can make you too busy controlling instead of working.


Structure in the space studies sketches (influenced by Nucleus project)


Sketches analysing the possibility of two individuals working in ones space – creating more welcoming environment for professional having a business visitor.



Rhino sketch-rendering exploring  idea from the sketches above.


Scaled mock-ups


I have a feeling that people are treating me a bit like an alchemist trying to interlace some vague ideas in to the objects I am designing. Maybe it is somehow true but what is wrong with it? I have some of my very personal thoughts concerning some features which goes unnoticed but in the same time those thoughts are making the difference. One of those alchemical proposals of mine is the way we treat screens by the desk. They are very strong indicators of an office desk character. The thing that I personally do not digest in it hat it makes this flat awkward barrier for my sight and thoughts.

I would see the screens of any kind something more than the wall. If so I wold see it a an unusual walls.  Here I am presenting the curtain like screens which are dragging me inside and help me focus more on the place and working, thinking process.  The structure of this kind of a theatre of thoughts might be an on-desk fixture, flattish screen or a lampshade.







Inspiration – Torii gates (fot. by The Artist


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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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