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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

An Inconvenient Truth for the UK Workplace? 

UBM’s London offices provides balanced spaces that offer concentration, collaboration and socialisation. Image © Dave Parker.

They say timing is everything. Our 2016 UK Workplace Survey (WPS) launched against a backdrop of huge political turmoil in the wake of the EU referendum. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union after 43 years – the so called ‘Brexit’ – polarised the nation, and the press exposed the uncomfortable, but obvious differences between the privileged vs. the less privileged, metropolitan vs. rural dwellers, young vs. old, educated vs. less educated.

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Friday
Jul222016

Tech Trends of 2016: Designing the Workplace of Tomorrow

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

As mentioned in our last post on Tech Meta Trends, today we are kicking off our summer series on the 12 trends emerging in the tech industry’s workplace. These trends were developed by a diverse group of people from across the NW region who brought their unique perspectives, thoughts, ideas, research and writing to this project.

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Monday
Jul182016

Designing with Office Heroes: Lessons from a Network of Startup Professionals

Prezi / Image © Michael Townsend.

They’re the unsung heroes in the workplace: the “Jack and Jill of all trades” in emerging and startup companies who help keep an office running, doing everything from project management to managing payroll and operations. Over the course of two years, Gensler has engaged with a professional network known as the Office Heroes League (OHL). This network is comprised of over 600 office managers, administrative/executive assistants, and office professionals from various companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. The growth and success of the network over a short time has been attributed to the need for connecting individuals within these roles, gaining advice and resources to drive positive organizational growth and change.

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Tech Meta Trends of 2016: The Heart of Workplace Today

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

For the foreseeable future, technology will remain a driving force in our economy. It’s changed the way we approach the world, our lives and our communities. It’s a state of mind – a creative lifestyle based on personal storytelling with a community conscious. As designers for the tech industry, we know the process can be like designing for mental athletes – performance matters, and every day is a journey of achievement. So what kind of spaces help these individuals continue to shape the future?

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