AUTONOMY AT WORK: Working With People and Big Data to Make the Right Choices

In 2016 Louise Sharp, Principal At HLW and I presented at the Future Office conference in LA our thesis: Autonomy and choice is the future of work. We used HLW projects and other market trends showcasing choice, flexibility, personalization and porosity. Take-aways: AUTONOMY IS A FORM OF WORKPLACE CURRENCY: Autonomy is control over a) What…

WORKPLACE AS A SERVICE: WeWork presents at University of Michigan

Liz Burow, Jesse Ganes and Josh Emig present the methodology of WeWork design and innovation to the University of Michigan, hosted by the Ross School of Business and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The event details and presentation video can be viewed here. Event Abstract: By combining the physical and digital infrastructures…

THE SCIENCE OF SPACE: The mechanics behind the vibe at WeWork

At WeWork our goal in Workplace Strategy and Design Research is to design with rigor and metrics the magic people felt as they walked into a WeWork location. Our Science of Space lecture and article dig into the mechanics and metrics behind this feeling and invite people to add these elements to their own work…

FOOD IS A TOOL: How to design your way out of “Dining al Desko”

We all eat. Food is a universal experience that brings people together and builds and sustains healthy communities. Organizations use food experiences as both cultural and innovation tools. Food can be embedded in experiences that help people to discover themselves in a learning context and to share about themselves in a professional context. At the…

NEW ATTITUDES IN OFFICE DESIGN: AIA Panel on Office Design

In an era where everyone is asking, “What does an innovative workplace look like?” it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find exceptional examples that truly break the mold. HLW‘s design for the YouTube Space NY is one of these exceptions. Click here to read more about the presentation I gave as part of an…

WHY SPACE MATTERS: A Service Experience Conference Workshop

You can design a great service, but if your service is tied to a physical place, and the design of that space hasn’t figured into your blueprint, the whole thing can fall apart. Space and your physical environment can sometimes be taken for granted. Through the eyes of an architect’s mindset, I have developed a…

THE INNOVATION INSURRECTION

Why is design thinking regularly bypassing architecture and interior design firms? This line of questioning is posed by writer Emily Bobrow in the recently published article, The Innovation Insurrection, by the Nielsen Perspective 2015 fallwinter magazine.

“NECK-DOWN” DESIGNING: A Design for America Enrichment Workshop

In October of 2013 I lead a workshop for the Columbia University Chapter of Design For America and introduced students to design research methods aimed to unearth more rigorous discovery within their own research projects. For these students, it was important to get ‘out of their head’ and ‘into their body’. The methods I introduced…

DRAWING FOR THINKERS: Sketching skills for the non-believer

My DRAWING FOR THINKERS course is a 2-hour workshop teaching drawing skills as a way to diagram and think through tough problems. The target audience for this workshop is the ‘I Can’t Draw’ crowd and those who want to improve on their ability to sketch as a tool for design thinking and representation. Participant Learning…