We visited different office spaces and company locations. The aim was to observe and learn about the office behaviour, and this is why we never stopped observing, even when the users had a person coming in to the office. We posed questions about posture, ergonomics, breaks, as well as exercising.
VISIT AT CINNOBER OFFICE. We visited Cinnober company to find out that their IT-employees seldom use their standing desks, and are often very distracted by surrounding noise levels.
Most users did not show interest in having ergonomic habits at work, or care enough to apply the knowledge.
IOM SUGGESTS A SILENT SOLUTION TO PROBLEMS WITH NON-ACTIVE OFFICE WORK. IMMATERIAL DESIGN CONCEPT.
This project was closely linked to Interactive Institute Sweden, and their extensive research on how to solve the problems of sedentary office work. My team looked specifically at possibilities to invite the body and movement in to the office space. The solution manifests in an invisible and seamless interaction. A personal quiet zone activator removes noisy distractions. A raised-desk standing position of the worker and the possibility of having shared quiet meeting zones invites for social interaction. With time, new behaviour patterns between the worker and his co-workers will be established.
James Zhou, Anton Almgren, Etienne Bouron (Interaction Design)
SKILLS / TOOLS
Behaviour analysis, co-creative workshop, graphical elements (UI), client presentations
3 weeks during the the Industrial Design Intensive year
How it works
An interactive system connected to your standing desk
1. PERSONAL DESKTOP BUTTON
A personal button makes the surrounding noise level customisable. Fine tune levels of noise or music inside your own silent hotspot.
2. HOTSPOT NOISE REDUCTOR
A speaker projects a noise reducing hotspot linked to your desk. It only activates when raising the standing desk, to incentivise the proved healthy benefits of standing while working. It only works within a certain range around your desk.
3. SHARE THE SPACE BY CONNECTING BUTTONS
Connect your personal silent space with a colleague to create a shared meeting space. IOM enables quiet meeting spaces, in the middle of the office.