A SILENT SOLUTION TO PROBLEMS WITH NON-ACTIVE OFFICE WORK.

INTERACTION DESIGN / IMMATERIALS / MICRO-INTERACTIONS

This project was closely linked to Interactive Institute Sweden and research on how to solve the problems of sedentary office work.  My team looked at possibilities to invite the body and movement in to the office space. The solution manifests in an invisible and seamless interaction with a personal quiet zone activator, that removes noisy distractions. A raised-desk standing position of the worker and the possibility of shared quiet meeting zones invites social interaction. With time new behaviour patterns between the worker and his co-workers are established.

PROJECT TIME

3 weeks

TEAM

James Zhou, Anton Almgren, Etienne Bouron (Interaction Design) 

SKILLS / TOOLS

Behaviour analysis, co-creative workshop, graphical elements (UI), client presentations

 
 

Concept Video

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How it works

IOM IS AN Interactive system connected to your standing desk

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 1. PERSONAL DESKTOP BUTTON

A personal button makes the noise level customisable. Fine tune levels of noise or music. 

2. HOTSPOT NOISE REDUCTOR

A speaker projects a noise reducting hotspot linked to your desk. It only activates when raising the standing desk, to incentivise the proved healthy benefits of standing while working. It works only within a certain range.

 3. SHARE THE SPACE BY CONNECTING BUTTONS

Connect your personal silent space with a colleague to create s shared meeting space. IOM enables quiet meeting spaces, in the middle of the office.

 
 
 
 

Process

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Targeting sitting time, rather than physical activity, is the most effective way to reduce prolonged sitting, according to the first comprehensive review of strategies designed to reduce sitting time.

 
 
 
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- Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, in THE Journal OF Health Psychology Review

 
 
 
 

" The greatest problem for me is the disturbance, there is never a private moment.

 
 

-STAFF MEMBER,Umeå School of Architecture

 

           Ideation

 
 
 

Our desktop research gave us results from the public health domain that show a thorough concern for low- activity level in the society. This is especially apparent in office work where we barely move our bodies. Physical activity is not naturally integrated in our every day environment. The most important finding from our user insights was the high level of distraction that disturbed daily work flow. 

How could we motivate people to move in their office environment without disturbing their work flow?

 
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IMMERSING

Picture showing Anton testing out noise-reducing headphones. We tried to be as bodily aware as possible regarding the problems that office workers meet in their daily work. We mapped out our own weekly moving patterns of time spent walking, standing, exercising etc.

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TEAM IDEATION

Many initial wild ideas came about, such as objects transforming in your office. We wanted to test these ideas with people.

 

           Workshops

 
 

We held a co-creative workshop for the public, at Bildmuseet facilities. People got to test out our lo-fi prototypes, such as a moving and interactive lamp, negative brainstorming cards (what would make you sit down more at work?) and also noise as distraction with speakers to observe peoples reaction. 

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WORKSHOP SURVEYS

We put surveys to understand peoples behaviour in the office. James showing our "sliders" where people could grade and give opinions.

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USABILITY TEST

Etienne assists in a lamp concept that becomes sad when you sit for too long. Noise surrounds the office from speakers.

 
 
 

Key findings:

" People do not like to be told what to do, but office noise is naturally distracting and can be used as incentive to move. Our chosen concept became a quiet zone that activates with your standing desk.

 
 

Prototyping

 

We decided to make lo-fi video prototypes to test with users. We received feedback that having a quiet zone is a positive incentive for using your standing desk. Users reported that having a quiet space, while being away of all the things in the office as an added bonus. 

 Lo-fi scenario sketching by me and Anton

Lo-fi scenario sketching by me and Anton

CREATING A BUTTON + A "SPEAKER"

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FINAL PRESENTATION A CINNOBER FACILITIES

The team presented to Cinnober company in 2016, as a great opportunity for feedback. The employees told us this would be something that would incentive them to get up from the chairs a lot more.  

 

    My role 

 
 
 

This project was of great interest for me, since I have a background in sports, health and ergonomics. Being an educated yoga teacher I feel passionate about manifesting bodily awareness. I brought a lot of key ideas and strategy in to the concept creation. I managed ethnographic interviews, visualising the research, and did the UI and visual concept explanation.

The concept in general much on a conceptual level. It would still have been valuable to think about how the service would be displayed in a more detailed user journey. It could be connected to your workflow or calendar, which many of our test subjects mention. The main important point is that we have created something that can change the way we behave in our offices, making it more pleasant for the worker- and can on the other hand increase the social and moving behaviour of the worker.