The hallway on the second floor (A-wing) of our Industrial Design Engineering faculty leads to the entrance door of the ID-Studiolab. It has one green wall and a row of windows with a view on the central hall of the faculty. In the hallway we socialize, there is a seating arrangement made from foam blocks for informal meetings and we take phone calls there. All the walls are fitted with a hanging display system where we can display our projects and the poster results of courses we are involved with.
The hallway also leads to our coffee machine and we regularly venture out in to refill our coffee and tea cups, a great opportunity for valuable informal talk.
Our main office space is called StudioMingle (room 2A-19). In this room 25+ ID-Studiolab members work close together, each on his own project but collaboration is intentionally unavoidable. The interior of the studio breathes a design atmosphere with many possibilities for displaying prototypes, products and vertical wallspace eg. for sketches and raw data. Designers collect interesting objects and materials to stimulate inspiration.
The desks are setup in a regular grid to give the room a regular structure and there is a central space with book cabinets storing our thesis’s and reference material, exposed to all members and ready for use.
The studio also has a small kitchen where we can prepare our lunches and store the liquids for our Friday afternoon drinks.
Our prototypes are build in StudioMake, this room is the center of the ID-Studiolab both in location but also in ideology. Most of our education and research projects evolve around making our ideas experiential. Because most generated concepts involve some kind of interactive technology it is necessary to involve electronics in the making. The level of required electronics varies from sketchy – using standard components, to detailed – ready to convince potential users they are working with a real product. To meet this requirement StudioMake houses staff that has skills and experience in the field of electronics engineering, a small workspace for all kinds of making activities and a stock of components.
StudioDo is our “design loft”, it is a space dedicated to tinkering. It holds a large collection of tinkering material for quickly building 3D product sketches and a collection of sensors that can quickly be applied to the sketches to make them interactive and hence quickly make concepts experiential. In addition to these elementary components StudioDo also has a rich collections of old prototypes, both successful and failures, for inspiration of the prototypes of the future.
One of our dedicated meeting rooms is called StudioTalk. This is a small room that can facilitate active meetings for a maximum of 8 people. The walls are fitted from floor to ceiling with magnetic whiteboards, providing lots of space for analyzing data stuck to the wall with magnets. StudioTalk also feature a high table for standing meetings, alternatively people can lean on one of the ergonomic chairs that make it very easy actively participate in idea generation while writing on the wall using whiteboard markers.
Our main meeting room for week openings, LabTalks or small workshops is called StudioSay. In representative room a maximum of 20 people can participate in presentations and meetings. This room also has most of it’s wall space fitted with whiteboards.