Imagine this. You are sitting in the office, trying to concentrate. Slowly you are getting in the flow and you are confident that you’ll finish your work on time today but then… co-worker walks in your room asking “Can I borrow your phone charger?”. “Of course” you reply, handling over the charger to your colleague.
Sounds familiar, right? But as a result of this interruption you lose your focus and it takes you another 25 minutes to get in the flow again.
This is a very common problem at co-working environments and there are always people and companies who are trying to find a good solution for it. One of these companies is called Luxafor. They designed a small LED light (also called Luxafor) that you can easily attach to your device and show your status to others.
This is how the Luxafor led light works: the user connects the Luxafor to his computer via usb or bluetooth. Once connected, the light show to all team members approaching your workplace your availability. When you are available, Luxafor shines green and when your are busy it shines red. For more detailed information watch the video below.
According to the company, this very simple visual tool could save you a lot of precious time just by keeping you focused on your important tasks.
Luxafor will be available in 3 different models : Mini, Flag and Bluetooth,
if the project succeed to get the required fundings in Kickstarter.
Source: The Verge, Kickstarter.
Playing with LEGO is fun and a great way to reduce stress, but… there’s more! Buidling with the blocks and mini figures can boost creativity, build up problem solving skills and help explain ideas and concepts to others. LEGO has developed special “Serious Play” buidling kits and even a certification programme for facilitators. Less seriously, you can mix and match your own LEGO kits and just experiment and that is just what we are going to do at TU Delft Library (coming soon!).
We are not the first academic library to <3 LEGO. A few weeks ago, I met Christian Lauersen from the Royal Library / Copenhagen University Library in Denmark who did a great stop motion Lego movie as a library introduction for new students. The movie is made with so much fun and love, that it shows and students really connect to that and to the library.
Last year at Next Library, I did a LEGO workshop session “Everything is awesome” which made me realise how easy and powerful it is to imagine while building and then share your thoughts with a group.
Then there is Megan Lotts, who introduced LEGO to the Art Library at Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA) and talks about her experiences and lessons learned and some other examples in a nice interview in Library Journal. She is all about connecting with students and LEGO helps her do that:
“This is what libraries really want. We want to engage. For me the LEGO [bricks] have been brilliant because they’re the same skills that we use when we research—[they’re] creative thinking skills, problem solving skills. And I find that now my students are honing these with the LEGO [bricks] they’re more prepared to search for library resources.” [quote from the interview]. That says it all, don’t you think?
The 11th annual TNW Conference Europe took place on May 26 & 27 in Amsterdam. Described, as “The most intimate technology festival on the planet” by CNBC, over the years TNW Conference has become one of the leading technology events in the world. It’s organized by Dutch based online media company The Next Web and brings promising startups, investors, technology gurus, innovators and entrepreneurs together. It’s a great place to share their thoughts about the future of technology, marketing, talk about design or for networking, to get inspired or to boost your imagination.
Andy Budd talked about the importance of design and the challenges to achieve good design.
Good design is difficult to achieve and even harder to replicate. It gives you an advantage against your competitors. Company founders generally think that they understand the value of the design, but in the reality the user experience is poor. There are 2 factors for this mismatch.
- People believe that style and design is the same thing.
- Start-up’s doesn’t understand the value of design. Before they reach market fit- the time or the budget is already speeded.
These are Andy Budd’s nine tips on how to build a world-class design team:
- Commit to a vision designers can get behind
- Hire great design leaders
- Demonstrate this vision through exemplar projects
- Put customer needs at the heart of the process
- Weave design into the fabric of the business
- Create a culture of collaboration
- Invest in quality
- Grow your team from the inside
- Operationalize design
Curious? or you want to see in-debt explanation of Andy Budd’s nine tips?
You can watch now the whole presentation on YouTube
P.S. Speaking about good design, you should definitely check the very beautiful storytelling platform for exploring The Wellcome Trust’s eclectic collection of medical and historical artefacts made by Clearleft.
Digital Stories: Wellcome collection
Also very interesting: A step-by-step | The design process of this storytelling platform.
Clear left Design Stories