The art of staying focused

Design Methodology course - Lund University, 2018



The aim for this project has been to investigate and try to understand why we feel stressed and what methods people are using in order to get the job done in todays modern offices.

The result is a proposal of a new office accessory giving employees and office workers an alternative to signal that they need to focus without excluding/isolating oneself from the open dialog of the office.

4 month school project





Background

Open offices - save big on facility costs and lose in productivity


Offices today are rapidly moving towards open plan solutions and co-working spaces are trending like never before. The offices are becoming smaller and more collaborative which saves companies big  money on facility costs. However, the reality seems to be quite the opposite. Office workers decide to work from home due to difficulties concentrating and even take out more sick days than in conventional offices. Ultimately decreasing productivity.






The root of the problem - No clear way to signal privacy


From testimonies and observation I’ve concluded that workers feel stressed due to the distractions an open office environment implies. The only solution people find to tackle these problems are by using headphones in order to signal that they are occupied, which in most cases doesn’t do the job.

However, there is another thing that is key when we show others that we are focused, our gaze.