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Entries in Tech Trends (12)

Monday
Sep122016

Tech Trends of 2016: Lifestyle as Currency

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Editor’s note: this blog is part of a series on 2016 tech trends.

Tech companies are growing up. The hackable, playground spaces of yesterday’s start-ups are no longer speaking to the longevity and influence that tech has in our digital world. Beanbags and unpolished spaces are swapped for sophisticated lounge areas and refined whimsy. Tech companies are becoming more sophisticated and savvy when it comes to design, and it’s showing up in the workplace.

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Wednesday
Aug312016

Tech Trends of 2016: One-Size-Doesn't-Fit-All

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Editor’s note: this blog is part of a series on 2016 tech trends.

One-Size-Doesn’t-Fit-All

In the age of readily available big data, it’s as easy as ever to conduct comprehensive studies using what was once insurmountable amounts of information. In the realm of the tech workplace, this translates to collecting and analyzing data about user behavior, user sentiment, and space utilization. As studies gain traction, data is allowing us to quantify that within any given tech workplace, use patterns vary notably between departments—and design is responding.

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Wednesday
Aug242016

Tech Trends of 2016: Anticipation Makes an Impression

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Editor’s note: this blog is part of a series on 2016 tech trends.

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
Aug022016

Tech Trends of 2016: 3D Printing

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Editor’s note: this blog is part of a series on 2016 tech trends.

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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Editor’s note: this blog is part of a series on 2016 tech trends.

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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