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Wednesday
Aug242016

Tech Trends of 2016: Anticipation Makes an Impression

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Recent psychological and behavioral studies have shown that the anticipation and memory of an experience are as important to one’s overall positive impression of the experience (if not more) than the actual moment of transaction or exchange. Designers, mostly working at the scale of user experience, are paying special attention to these before and after moments, carefully scripting an experience from beginning to end to tap into user feelings of suspense, temptation, adulation, surprise and catharsis.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Show Me the Meaning! Designing the Not-for-Profit Workplace.

Purchased at a local home improvement store, the staff mailboxes at Habitat for Humanity’s Twin Cities headquarters are evocative of the organization’s commitment to improving lives through residential housing. Photo by Jasper Sanidad.

As part of a blog series exploring Gensler’s 2016 Workplace Surveys, this post examines findings specific to the Not-for-Profit sector, and how high performance workplaces support how—and why—people work.

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Friday
Aug192016

Sustainability, Culture and Innovation in the Workplace

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How can organizations reduce waste to make our world a better place? How can a growing company scale culture effectively? Can your office make you more innovative? Gensler has submitted the following panels to the workplace track for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017, and we need your votes to get these panels on the lineup. Read, click, register, thumbs up. It’s that easy!

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Tuesday
Aug022016

Tech Trends of 2016: 3D Printing

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Freedom to Customize

The 3D printing revolution is well underway. According to a recent Forbes article, Siemens predicts that 3D printing will become 50% cheaper and up to 400% faster in the next five years. The advantages to 3D printing (lower costs, speed, and customization) will impact tech workspaces on both a small and large scale – from the building itself to everything that goes in it (desks, chairs, light fixtures, etc). With the recent completion of the world’s first 3D printed office in Dubai–designed by Gensler–it’s inevitable that, in the near future, we will be designing our client’s 3D printed spaces with 3D printed furnishings and fixtures. Designers will need to tap into their inner “maker” to collaborate on ideas, experiment with different materials, and systematically think through designs and how the pieces fit together.

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Thursday
Jul282016

Tech Trends of 2016: Virtual Reality, No Longer Sci-fi

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The future is here. Virtual Reality technologies are revolutionizing industries across the spectrum, including commerce, communications, travel and education. We are living in a world where the only true limitation is our imaginations. In this week’s post, we explore how virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality will impact future workplaces and the process of designing and creating the necessary alternative work environments to support this new way of collaborating..

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