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Headphones are a cry for privacy

Office design that boosts workplace wellbeing

The recent “Future Office” feature in The Times included a piece on some of the issues around wellbeing in the workplace and how good design could improve this important aspect of business management. CCD’s David Watts contributed to the piece, commenting on the importance of considering privacy, individual work and personality in the workspace.  “Everyone’s got headphones on, which is a cry for privacy,” says...

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Value of mock-ups in co-designing workspaces

Value of mock-ups in co-designing workspaces

We have recently completed the design phase of work for a new Emergency Operations Centre for the South East Coast Ambulance Service. The centre will bring together two existing sites to co-locate them into a new facility which will provide a significantly better working environment. As is often the case, the physical move is accompanied by organisational change in the way they work with new roles and...

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Science & Psychology of Wayfinding

Science & Psychology of Wayfinding

You would hope that no one would give a brief for the creation of a wayfinding scheme that says, “We’d like it to be quite good”, or one that says “We’d like it to look good, but it doesn’t have to do its job.”  Yet, too often, wayfinding schemes are created that, whilst the signage looks attractive, do not take into account the needs of...

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Central Working's space in Bloomsbury

Workspace Trends #2 – Incubator Spaces

The demand from start-ups for co-working spaces as well as incubators and accelerators is firmly increasing.  A recent CBRE report found that 40% of companies were using or looking at some form of co-working space.  Companies are driven by a need for a cost-effective space and one that can flex with their developing needs. Co-working spaces have to deliver on an unusual range of functional...

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Can employee engagement be improved by workspace design?

Making sure your staff are engaged with your business is clearly critical to success. There is plenty of research evidence out there to show that engaged employees are more productive, will deliver better services to your customers and will stay with you for longer.  But does the design of a workspace play a role in this? The first thing to say is that yes it...

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Workspace Trends #1 – Pop-Up Teams

Workspace Trends #1 – Pop-Up Teams

Over the next few months we are going to post a series of blogs on some of the trends that we are seeing in workspace design and the world of work. This week, we start with pop-up teams. For many organisations, the layout and space planning of their workspace is a constraint. It involves lots of heavy, single-purpose furniture and built-in IT infrastructure…none of which is...

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Service Design Conference Reflections

Service Design Conference Reflections

We went to the UK Service Design Network conference in London last week eager to hear about the latest innovations in service design and experience design. There were some great talks on work done with TfL, RBS and Virgin Media along with programmes running within the Government Digital Service and Policy Lab. Various thoughts struck us including… …how a measure of success is around independent use...

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A design workshop using a scale model

Value of staff involvement in workspace design

The creation of a new workspace is almost always linked to some form of change within a company. Often it is about finding new ways of working but it might also be a more significant organisational change. What is usually overlooked is the role that the design process can play in supporting this change. The new workspace is usually developed to facilitate and enable the change....

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Whiteboard areas in CERN's design office

Psychology of Collaboration – a talk from Herman Miller

Last night the CCD team attended a talk at Herman Miller on the Psychology of Collaboration as part of Clerkenwell Design Week.  The talk was based on research Herman Miller commissioned with Nigel Oseland. There was some interesting evidence on how poor many people see their workspace as supporting the work they are trying to do – around half of people think their workspaces is...

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interactive wayfinding

Wayfinding for a Conscious City

Our environment provides us with different levels of information that facilitate and enable our orientation and navigational skills. This information is formed of visual cues (what the environment presents to us) and it is blended with mental cues (what we form in our mind based on what we see and in our memories). David Lynch, in his book The Image of the City (1960) calls...

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