Back in 2011 we had a problem – How were we going to fit a 6th desk into our tiny (4.5 x 5 meters) office space.
We had the following equipment, and the option of an extra desk (we could pick large or small)
- 4 Large Desks 1800 x 900mm
- 1 small desk 1200 x 600mm
- 1 Whiteboard 1900 x 500mm
- 5 Happy smiles
I wanted to start moving stuff around to get a feel for the space, but Simon – being the super game-designer that he is wanted to prototype the solution before we started turning off computers, knocking over monitors and generally making a mess. So he opened up flash, made some boxes and started dragging and dropping.
We had some pretty creative layouts, involving putting everyone around a central island (Cabling would be a nightmare), or maximising empty space by getting cosy with 2 people to a desk.
At the end of the day, we easily had 40 different solutions. Some ideas were much better than others, and we came up with some pretty crazy layouts.
That’s the awesome thing about prototyping, once you start messing around with ideas, you find things that you never expected. The simple tool allowed us to do things that would have been simply too-hard in real life. The end result? It’s actually not that different from our original layout, but it’s actually a much better use of space. Even though we added another small desk, the room actually felt more spacious.
Which desk layout do you like?