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BIFMA’s report includes a case study on Red Hat in by IA Interior Architects. Photo by Eric Laignel.
"The smartest players in corporate America are parlaying their work spaces into a competitive advantage. Here's How." So begins a special report by Design Leveraged, a new collaborative tapped by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) to deliver a series of studies on why design may be the single most underutilized business tool. Packaged as case studies, the first report was released this year during NeoCon in Chicago, where Interior Design spoke with former Wall Street Journal reporter Kevin Salwen, one third of Design Leveraged alongside fellow WSJ alum Paulette Thomas and Pencilbox founder Martin Flaherty. From left: Kevin Salwen, Martin Flaherty, and Paulette Thomas.
The study begins by establishing why design is so critical, not just for the likes of Google and Facebook, but for all smart businesses with eyes on their bottom lines. "Real estate costs are rising roughly 10 percent a year, a scorching war for talent is underway (and expected to worsen) and the demand for innovation amid global competition is acute," the report states. Salwen argues that the solution for these struggles lies in the workplace, where there too often exists a strong disconnect between between the aesthetics of designers and how smart businesses operate. And that's extra problematic when you consider the report's mandate that designers and clients be close partners. To bridge the divide between design and business, Salwen says he aimed for "...immersion and a deep understanding of the culture of the company. You have to understand it in a way that is a little backdoor," he says. The results include the success stories of Pirch, 3M, Zappos, ThoughtForm, Coca-Cola, Red Hat, and Quicken Loans—largely approached from the client's perspective, which revealed three "universal truths":
1. The most powerful designs reflect your organization's culture. 2. Today's knowledge workers require variety and agility to get the job done. 3. Savvy design can reduce real estate costs.
Surprising examples of these tenets include "Monkey Row" at Zappos, where the CEO occupies a 6-by-8-foot desk in the middle of a row, and the floor plan allows for three private offices only. At Pirch, corporate headquarters adopted a welcoming expresso bar from a nearly identical version found in its shops—an attraction that spoke to the company's culture and pleased shoppers, clients, and employees alike. After six months spent researching, Salwen says he was surprised to find how open most businesses were in talking about their own challenges and the inner workings of their offices. "When people talk about how design fails, it's not personal. It's a structural failing," he says. He was also surprised that shrinking spaces can still make employees happy. He says, "It's like a Rosetta Stone: how do you put together design and business?" Perhaps the report's biggest takeaway is the need for a closer relationship between businesses and designers: "Design can't move forward unless it has a business rational," Salwen says with gusto. "But manufacturers and designers can be successful if they focus on what the people in the corporate tower really need." Salwen credits his team's outside perspective (despite the project's focus on office design, this year was his very first time at NeoCon) with the report's candid take on why office design is so rarely successful. Design Leveraged is already working on its next report, slated for NeoCon 2015.
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BBC Radio 4 addressing the question 'How Did Everything Begin?' In February, we featured its follow-up on an equally eternal question, 'What Makes Us Human?' Both came scripted by Philosophy Bites co-creator Nigel Warburton and narrated by X-Files co-star Gillian Anderson (in full British mode).
Book creator has probably been the app I have used most, in my teaching, with pupils and in my training. The blank canvas aspect means it can be used across the whole curriculum and the addition of the pen tool in the last few weeks has added to that.
We use Showbie at school for pupils to share their work, including books made with Book Creator from the iPads and home to the teachers for assessment. Recently, we have used both the Pen Tool and Record feature to give feedback on the pupils' eBooks. The pupils send their books using Showbie and the teacher opens them up on his/her iPad. They can then annotate with their voice, pen and text. The book can then be sent back to the pupils using Showbie. The pupil can either change the original book and delete the annotated one or change the annotated book and delete the original.
The screenshot shows a book of a Science experiment. The teacher can annotate with arrows but also add audio feedback. All elements of Book Creator can be deleted so the pupil can restore any annotated book to the original.
This is obviously not a new idea but the pen tool has certainly made this quicker in a widely used app such as Book Creator.
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