How designers copy nature to create new and extraordinary forms

How designers copy nature to create new and extraordinary forms

Humans have a long track record of turning to Nature for inspiration. When Leonardo da Vinci turned his mind to the challenge of acquiring the power of flight for mankind, his sketches show he believed the solution lay in mimicking the form and function of bat wings. We’ve learned a lot about aerodynamics since the […]

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A 300 year old idea explains some of the enduring appeal of the open plan

A 300 year old idea explains some of the enduring appeal of the open plan

In the 18th Century the utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham came up with his idea of the Panopticon, a prison building with a central tower encircled by cells so that each person in the cells knew they could be watched at all times. Whether they were observed or not was actually immaterial. Bentham called it ‘a new […]

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Hong Kong replaces London as most expensive place in world in which to rent a workstation

Hong Kong replaces London as most expensive place in world in which to rent a workstation

Hong Kong has replaced London’s West End as the most expensive office market in which to accommodate staff, according to new research from Cushman & Wakefield. The annual Office Space Across The World report surveys occupancy costs across 215 office markets in 58 countries worldwide. Using proprietary data, it ranks occupancy costs per workstation and […]

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Design sector contributes £209 billion to the economy but problems remain, claims Design Council

Design sector contributes £209 billion to the economy but problems remain, claims Design Council

The Design Council has published a new report which sets out the value of the design industry to the UK and identifies a number of issues that need to be addressed to enhance its value. According to the Designing a Future Economy: Developing design skills for productivity and innovation, the sector contributes £209bn to the […]

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Seven workplace stories that have caught our attention this week

Seven workplace stories that have caught our attention this week

Microsoft’s blueprint for its new headquarters How work changed to make us all passionate quitters Workplaces send subconscious signals to people Ten workplace meta-trends for 2018 Why are we convinced robots will take our jobs despite the evidence? One in seven employers won’t hire a woman who might have children The real risk of automation […]

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How do you really go about creating a great place to work?

How do you really go about creating a great place to work?

The topic of workplace wellbeing is becoming increasingly prevalent. And for good reason. In the UK, 45 million working days are lost due to stress, anxiety and depression and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Absence Management survey reveals that over two fifths of organisations have seen an increase in reported mental health problems […]

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There is no clash of the digital and analogue worlds

There is no clash of the digital and analogue worlds

Take no notice of the headline grabbing writers in the media. No battle lines are being drawn up between advocates of the analogue world of the 1960s/70s and those promoting the pioneering ideas for a bold digital 21st century. Despite the rhetoric written about driverless cars, being able to make phone calls by just thinking […]

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Seven workplace stories that have made us stop and think this week

Seven workplace stories that have made us stop and think this week

Why cities are full of uncomfortable benches Regulating AI before we reach the tech singularity What you need to know about Germany’s plans to scrap the 8 hour day As tech firms mature, so do their headquarters Managers aren’t doing enough to prepare staff for the future How the sandwich consumed Britain A robot has […]

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Tech faults and slow Internet speeds negatively impact productivity

Tech faults and slow Internet speeds negatively impact productivity

Almost eleven working days are lost every year as a result of technology faults and failures a new report claims and complaints of slow Internet speeds compound the issue. A survey of 2,000 UK workers commissioned by IT provider Probrand.co.uk claims that 262 hours and 43 minutes are lost every year due to technology faults and failures, […]

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OECD publishes major new work on measuring the quality of the working environment

OECD publishes major new work on measuring the quality of the working environment

The OECD has published a major new report which it claims set out an internationally agreed set of guidelines to measure the quality of the working environment. The document covers a wide range of factors related to working conditions based on existing data and a survey of workers in 20 OECD countries. These characteristics of […]

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New intellectual property protection initiative launched for workplace and interior design

New intellectual property protection initiative launched for workplace and interior design

The Society of British and International Design (SBID) has launched the SBID Intellectual Property (IPP) initiative to mark the new campaign to prevent IP theft in the interior design industry. Developed in association with TM – Eye, with the aim of assisting the industry to obtain objective evidence of design ownership, the venture updates the archaic […]

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White Paper: intuitive design and the changing face of workplace interactions

White Paper: intuitive design and the changing face of workplace interactions

In his famous 1988 book The Design of Everyday Things, the cognitive scientist Donald Norman suggests that the way we interact with objects and our surroundings is determined almost entirely by their design. People cannot be the primary reason things succeed or fail, because they are constant, while the design of the object itself is […]

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