Nine office design tips to help boost creativity

But before you crack out the beanbags and indoor grass, make sure you find out what your staff actually want.

by Jonathan Dawes

Design isn’t just about aesthetics, it’s about creating a space that functions beautifully and inspires those in it. Pioneering modernist architect Le Corbusier said a house should be "a machine for living". Similarly, an office should be a machine for productivity. Key to that is nurturing creativity.
And it doesn’t matter what industry you work in - designing your office space so that ideas can flow freely can have a huge positive impact on overall output. So here are nine ways to use design to boost creativity in your work environment.

1. Communal areas

Collaborating is a great way of generating ideas. To let that happen, you have to provide a space where groups are able to think more openly. Comfortable couches allow for relaxed, non-judgmental teamwork, which is where the best ideas can be generated and shaped.

A great example is Pixar Studios, designed by the late Apple chief Steve Jobs, which has a traffic flow that encourages impromptu meetings and (one would hope) the natural birth of ideas.

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