Bound Volume Number

XI

Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-5-2015

Capstone Advisor

Prof. Denise Heckman

Honors Reader

Prof. Jonathan Mills

Capstone Major

Design

Capstone College

Visual and Performing Arts

Audio/Visual Component

no

Capstone Prize Winner

no

Won Capstone Funding

no

Honors Categories

Creative

Subject Categories

Interior Architecture

Abstract

This project follows the format of an undergraduate thesis typical to the Syracuse University Industrial and Interaction Design program. It was conducted over two semesters, one focusing on research, and the other on the execution of an idea from the data gained during this research. The project in its entirety has been entitled “All Work & No Play” in order to illustrate the current state that exists in many offices: that play and toys are both looked down upon and discouraged. In order to address this situation, the project birthed a solution called Puck, a desk unit that can be installed in any business or office space, creating an open plan that allows employees to share space and work more collaboratively. Puck creates various changes in the expected interactions with a desk, including novel ways of opening drawers, storing things, and organizing one’s possessions. This project is significant primarily for its unique approach to creating office furniture: rather than look at this task simply as a challenge of efficiency and physical comfort, the needs of a human that might be termed ergonomics, the project included the necessary but often forgotten area of mental or even spiritual comfort, addressing a need felt by many in the working environment.

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