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Design Guidelines to Facilitate Creativity in Workplace




Zhang, Zhan

Type of Degree



Industrial Design


This thesis is aimed at helping designers to build a workplace that could facilitate creativity during work. It also tries to help readers to understand designers’ creativity in the workplace. And through acquisition of such knowledge, a set of guidelines is developed to help designers to design such a place. The guidelines are formed of an analysis on secondary research of cognitive science documents and a synthesis of research composed of qualitative interviews and observation shadowing. It gives ten general features to consider before setting up the floor plan when designing the workplace. To apply the guidelines, a set of five pieces of furniture is introduced. They are designed based on different guidelines, and their layout configurations are also based on the guidelines.