EXPERIENTIAL DESIGN

With a fusion of conscious aesthetics, programmed engineering and functionality, technology is becoming indispensable in today’s ecosystem.

Design in technology continues to push beyond the extremes, and exploring boundaries that were previously unimaginable. The market’s discerning taste continues to evolve, and as years go by, design is no longer just about how a product looks but also about how it is made relevant and useful in diversifying environments.

Here are some creations from companies that manifest this new norm in the world of technology.

01 FAIRPH ONE 2 BY FAIRPH ONE

Fairphone 2 is a smartphone that has carefully melded ingenious design with social and ethical values. A modular mobile device, the phone is made from reused materials and conflict-free minerals. With a streamlined hardware look and feel, it is designed for long-lasting use and can easily be repaired with handy, household tools.
https://www.fairphone.com

02 SONOS PLAY:5 BY SONOS

Sonos, a smart network of wireless speakers, continues to break barriers with its surround sound system technology. Their biggest speaker yet is the PLAY:5. With over a thousand microscopic holes, six separate amplifiers, and three woofers, custom tuning ensures high-quality sound in any area it reaches. The PLAY:5’s uncompromising quality, superior technology, and understated design guarantee a remarkable sound encounter with each tune played.
http://www.sonos.com/en-us/home

03 GO WHEELCHAIR BY LAYERLAB

Go Wheelchair was developed with the goal to improve quality of life through human-centric mobility devices. It is an ultra-modern upgrade to the typical wheelchair—customizable and tailor-made to a user’s needs and biometric information. Details like textured push rims and high-grip gloves curtail the use of extra energy while reducing strain on the muscles. A user-friendly app allows additional personal preferences that make each wheelchair unique from one another.
http://layerdesign.com

04 SHHH OWERCAP BY SHHH OWERCAP

Made from premium waterproof and breathable fabric, it is a reinvention of the regular shower cap that promises functionality, form, and above all, style. Aside from a snug, flexible elastic band, each cap is lined with an antibacterial coating for added protection.The Shhhowercap is a total hair game changer with its turban silhouette, making it a chic and timeless bath time necessity.
http://www.shhhowercap.com

05 ADIDAS FUTURECRAFT 3D BY ADIDAS

Athletic performance is boosted as the Futurecraft vision brings a more personalized touch to running shoes. Through a simple treadmill test, the exact contours and pressure points of one’s feet are registered, then crafted into a pair of shoes that is practically the mirror image of the wearer’s feet. This type of technology results in fully flexible footwear with the perfect cushion to support dynamic and performance-driven activities.
http://www.adidas.com/us

Curating Your Own Workspace

PURPOSE DRIVEN | Establishing the purpose of your office will make it easier for you to arrange your space. Why are you putting up your own work space? Will it be your main office or an auxiliary one? Will it be a private office, or will you be meeting clients here?

KEEP DISTRACTIONS AWAY | Separate areas and di­viders also help keep distractions at bay, ensuring that your work area will remain professional.

LET THERE BE LIGHT | A dark and musty office is never inspiring, so keep your work area well-lighted and well-ventilated. Using natural-like lights are also a great option if placing your work area by a win­dow isn’t possible. An air purifier can also help keep your work area fresh. Keep the temperatures to a comfortable level too.

DAUB ON COLOR | Studies show that color can affect a person’s mood. Red and orange signify energy and action, while blue and brown are believed to encour­age people to be more focused or productive. Yellow and other bright colors on the other hand, are said to be distracting. However, choosing colors that you like, regardless of what science or popular opinion says, is often the best for you. Pick a palette that’s pleasing, and combine two to three colors for variety.


COMFORT IS KEY | Most professionals spend hours sitting in front of a desk or computer. Aside from rest¬ing your eyes and stretching every once in a while, in¬vest in ergonomic furniture that will lessen the strain on your body after hours of hard work.

PERSONALIZE YOUR SPACE | Place a few key pieces around your work space to inspire you. This could be a print of your favorite artwork, a figurine, or a photo of your loved ones.


STAY ORGANIZED | One of the challenges of any of¬fice is keeping clutter to a minimum. It’s distracting and can slow down productivity. Containers keep your items in place, things like zip ties or velcro loops lessen the mess of wires and cables. Don’t forget that organization extends to your digital files as well, and be diligent in performing backups.


POWER UP | No matter what kind of work you do or what work space you have, it’s important to have enough power outlets to accommodate your needs. Look for extension plugs that have a surge protector and individual power switches for each socket. Don’t forget to unplug the devices that you’re not using to save electricity and lessen the chance of a short circuit.

ESTABLISH BOUNDARIES | Keep clear guidelines of what you can and cannot do in your office. It would be ideal to keep this space specifically for work, and leave other things out.