Eliminating/Redesigning the Cubicle

Gilliam Smith talks about the importance of IT systems to support social aspects of work AND leisure and that this is necessary for the well-being and the efficiency of the user. I know that Jeff has emphasized this throughout all of the classes I have taken with him, which has remained something I am very passionate and concerned with. The problem I am having (and had especially throughout the last year for my job) is the ability for us as designers to convince those in corporate settings that this is necessary for job efficiency, so that their employees can think and act creatively, and for the overall success of the organization.

We know that we can design systems to enhance the experience of the user (this is something that all of the second year students focused on significantly last semester) but how do we convince those who believe the opposite? That employees will lose motivation to do their work, will fail to perform effectively, and will simply chat/mess around on the internet/play games, which will ultimately be detrimental to the organization. I will continue to think about this, but please post your comments/ideas/solutions to this difficult problem.


  1. jeffreybardzell

    OK, I had to approve this, which is not what I wanted. Also, though I get an email telling me to approve comments, I did not get an email telling me about the existence of this post!! WTF!? Hopefully once this is up and running, people will be able to see their posts and comments immediately, without my having to make a bunch of clicks. And any of you WordPress jockeys, please please help me get the settings right!

  2. jeffreybardzell

    OK, Kayce, this one was your own doing. You have two separate accounts on WordPress, one through indiana.edu and one through gmail.com. So one of those accounts had perms and the other didn’t. Please say 25 Hail Marys (what is the plural spelling of “Mary”?) and don’t log in with a third account (both of yours are now listed as Authors of this blog).

  3. kaycereed

    I think this might be my fault, Jeff… I wasn’t sure if I was posting in the right place of not (I went to “new post”). I am a bit confused as well. I’m hoping that Tyler can figure all this shib out… he’s on his way to meet me.

  4. kaycereed

    Yea, I knew that… but I couldn’t remember my .indiana password and they refused to send it to me 🙂


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