Saturday, April 20, 2019




How to Design Your Work Space

How to Design Your Work Space

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In a modern, business environment, it’s important to have every advantage over your competitors. Hence the recent boom in ergonomics: the art of maximising efficiency by reducing discomfort to the employee. Employers love it because it gives their company an edge; we love it because it means we suffer significantly less backache and eyestrain than everyone else. But let’s say your employer can’t afford an ergonomic set-up: does that mean you should just put up with office discomfort? Of course not and for some very good reasons: sitting badly at your workstation every day can lead to long term backache and worse. So here are a few quick tips for personalising your workspace in an ergonomic fashion:

Choose Your Chair

Every office-supplier and his dog are selling ergonomic chairs these days, so it can be difficult knowing where to look. Rather than just picking a particular chair and calling it ‘the best’, we’d encourage you to have a look at its features and decide for yourself. Ideally, a good ergonomic chair should have lower back support (perhaps the most important feature of all), the ability to be raised or lowered with ease, adjustable armrests, should be easily rotatable and made with plenty of padding. The reason for this is to remove the stresses and strains of moving, slouching and hunching. Take your time deciding which chair is best for you, but make sure it incorporates those key features.

Get Your Angles Right

Of course, having the right chair isn’t everything. A good office chair just comfortably encourages you to sit right; it’s you who has to make sure you’re doing so. If you want to sit correctly, it’s a good idea to think about your body as a series of right angles: your knees should ideally be bent at ninety degrees; while putting your arms flat on the desk should leave your elbows at the same angle. Try adjusting your chair until you hit these magic straight lines: you may look unnaturally rigid, but it’ll save you pain in the long run.

Get Your Back Right

Our spines were not originally designed for long periods of sitting. Descended from active, playful apes via upright hominids, our bodies are temples to physical activity, not office living. So sitting for 8 hours a day with our spines at unnatural angles takes its toll over time. Ideally, your lower back should be supported in such a way that it’s pushed forward if you start slouching, following the spine’s natural curve. Again, look for that magic right angle – if you’re not supported at a near-ninety degree angle, you need to readjust now.

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Angle Your Monitor

One of the biggest causes of strain can be your computer monitor. Headaches, blurred vision, migraines and irritation can all result from spending all day peering into the depths of your screen. When properly adjusted, your horizontal line of vision should be just above the monitor: in other words, you shouldn’t be able to directly see the screen looking straight ahead. Try and position the monitor looking up toward you, so that lowering your eye-line around 15 degrees brings it into view. This is generally regarded as the best position for your screen.

Don’t Dangle

Finally, if you’re shorter than average, or work somewhere like a bookies, bank or other customer-facing role that requires you to be sat higher up, do not let your legs dangle. Studies show that legs, feet and ankles become prone to swelling when not supported – especially so if you’ve poor circulation. This in turn can lead to problems, especially if allowed to continue for several years. Invest in a footrest or lower your chair until you can plonk both feet firmly on terra firma.

Contributed by Sydney Michaelson, who writes for Design55.



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How to Make Your Interior Design Less Feminine

How to Make Your Interior Design Less Feminine

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If you’re a guy and you’re reading this, then I want you to ask yourself a question honestly and that is: are you really happy with your home décor the way it is? Is it the way you would have chosen it? And do you feel it reflects your personality or your interests? I ask this question because my suspicion is that for most guys the answer is probably a resounding no. You see the problem is for most of us men, interior design is something we don’t get too much say in. Sure, sometimes our partners might let us pick out a pattern for the curtains or a colour for the cushions, but ultimately if you don’t answer correctly then they’re probably just going to ignore you anyway. And while you may not be allowed to display your collection of replica guns in the dining room because they’re not decorative, you probably weren’t consulted before another piece of blue and white china went up in their place.

I’m generalizing here of course, but look around the home of almost any married couple and you will invariably find that the women are a lot more involved in the look of the property than the men are. It’s an autocracy and I defy you to think of any exceptions where the man has more of a say in the decorations.

So the question is for us men, how do we change all that and create a space that’s a bit more manly? Here are a few things at least that you can do to turn those tides.

Do Some Renovations

Home renovations and home improvements area the area where the man does get a say in the way that their rooms look. While women might take control when it comes to choosing furnishings and furniture, men generally get to decide where and when to put up shelves and to install new cupboards and wardrobes. So one way to leave your mark on your home is to just do a bit more of that and to make choices that will draw more attention to themselves.

Have an Area

If you feel that the feminine items are taking over the room and you have nowhere to display your less socially acceptable items, then you should raise this issue and point out that you have nowhere. A good way to at least make a showing in your own rooms the is to negotiate just a small space that’s yours and where you can keep things you want to keep. At least this way you can get some say.

Take a More Active Interest

To be fair, the reason that a lot of men don’t get much say in their room layouts is because a lot of them just don’t care. If you want to be involved then you need to make sure to get involved and that means being proactive too sometimes. Instead of waiting for your partner to get the next set of curtains, suggest going together or just turn up with them and offer to take them back if it’s a no.

Donna Shepard is a regular blogger who likes writing about the latest and emerging trends, designs and products in the world of interior designing.

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Three Design Fads That Have To Die

Three Design Fads That Have To Die

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Designers are original, creative souls who live nothing more than picking brand new concepts out of the ether, showing us innovative exciting ways to interpret and use the world around us. That is, unless there’s something that’s pretty popular around at the moment. Then they’ll just do that.

Here are three design fads that we would happily see put away for a while.

Steampunk

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Steampunk is a design aesthetic popular among sci-fi, comic and gaming fandoms. It harkens back to a romanticised version of the Victorian era, where computers, robots and spaceships are all powered by coal and run on cogs and gears. There is something undeniably charming about it, seeing all that brass and piping and zeppelins, for some reason there are always of lot of zeppelins, or sometimes dirigibles, because apparently nobody can just say “balloon” anymore.

Seen in: Bioshock Infinity, Sherlock Holmes, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Why it needs to die: The trouble is, so many of the people who love steampunk manage to spectacularly miss the point of that whole period of history. The British Empire in Victorian times was responsible for plundering large parts of the rest of the world, usually the parts with brown people in them. This was an age where it was a really bad idea to be anything other than a rich white dude, and you’ll find that most the steampunk heroes you see are just that. There are far more Steampunk characters along the lines of carefree adventurers like Phileas Fog than there are Steampunk chimney sweeps and workhouse rats.

More than that though, can we please, please just take a moment to ask what all those cogs are for? It’s getting to the point where you just seem to be sticking them anywhere and hoping for the best.

White Everything

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We’re living in the future now. The age of 3D printers and robotic drone strikes and robots sending back footage from the surface of Mars while athletes with artificial legs are winning Olympic medals. Three years from now Back to the Future II will officially be set in the present day.

Since we’re living in the future, the world should naturally look like an unused Tron colouring book, lots of smooth white surfaces everywhere. Hi-tech!

Seen in: Absolutely anything that has an “i” in front of its name, the new Star Trek movie, certain banks that have got a bit full of themselves.

Why it has to die: Featureless whiteness isn’t a design. That’s what’s on the paper before you do a design. Worse, the future (the real future, not the now future) is going to think we’re stupid for this Ever been to one of those massive, concrete monstrosities of a university campus? Their designers thought they were being hi-tech as well, once.

Transparent Interface with a Photo Behind It

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Just as Apple is responsible for the big white sheet of nothing, Bing owns the putting a nice photo behind your interface trick. We know this, because a couple of years ago Google got lots of well earned mockery when it tried the same thing.

It makes a weird sort of sense. After all, if plain white rectangles are the sign of something being futuristic, what could be more futuristic than that? Completely see-through rectangles! Don’t believe me? This is what many people are expect the next iPhone to look like.

Seen in: Bing, Windows 7, Looper, Google

Why it has to die: For the same reason white rectangles do. Making something see-through is the opposite of good design jobs.

Chris Farnell is a freelance writer and blogger who covers design and marketing issues.



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Original Design of Citroen C4 Aircross Compact SUV

Original Design of Citroen C4 Aircross Compact SUV

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The Citroen C4 Aircross is the result of cooperation of French PSA and Japan Mitsubishi. Because compact SUVs are now in trend and this market grows, from Mitsubishi ASX technology is built Citroën C4 Aircross. The Aircross offers 168 mm with height seats, big internal space and sufficient baggage area. Significant is a double arrow sign. The car brings original design of Citroën. The car can be bought with gasoline motor (1,6 liters/86 kW (117 k)/154 Nm) and with diesel motors (1,6-liters HDi 115/84 kW (115 k)/270 Nm;overboost 280 Nm) or HDi 150/110 kW (150 k)/300 Nm.

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Alternative Design of Intel Next Unit of Computing mini-PC

Alternative Design of Intel Next Unit of Computing mini-PC

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The Intel company recently brought a new design for a mini-PC with an Intel Core i3 processor. The Next Unit of Computing (NUC) should arrive on market in Q3 2012 and priced should be at US $400. The PC will be powered with Core i3 dual-core processor with HM65 chipset, 4 GB DDR3 memory, 40 GB mSATA SSD, HDMI, mini-DisplayPort, WiFi and Bluetooth. We will see how the final design, price and configuration will looks like but the design bellow would really make from a mini-PC a master piece.

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Notebook with Cute Design and Good Parameters in One

Notebook with Cute Design and Good Parameters in One

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You know the situation, you would like to have a new notebook at home for doing your work or doing basic things. But which one to choose, that is the question. I have look recently to see what is currently on the market. You would say that the offer is big. A lot of products but when you need something practical with good parameters and price, it is hard to choose. I have set some criteria – nice design, at least 6 cell 56Wh battery, numeric keyboard, price limit 1000 USD and 7200 RPM hard disk. As I found out, I wanted too much.

When I excluded the criteria of numeric keyboard, one product matched my conditions only. I was the notebook DELL XPS 15 i3-380M. I has a really nice cover design, has Intel Core i3-380M processor (2.53 GHz, 3MB), 4096MB (2×2048) 1333MHz DDR3 memory, 500GB Serial ATA 7200RPM hard disc, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M graphics card, 15.6″ HD WLED True-Life (1366×768) display with 2.0 Mega Pixel Integrated Camera and 6 cell 56Wh Li-Ion battery. With notebooks it is hard thing because you cannot so simply build your configuration like with desktops, at least not for the price.

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Ecological Design of Windmills Technology

Ecological Design of Windmills Technology

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The first windmills in the history were constructed to automate grinding and water pumping. The first known design was developed in Persia about 500-900 A.D. Today, we use electricity generator built on this windmill technology, to produce more ecological power.

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Practical Toilet Designs

Practical Toilet Designs

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Toilets became an important part of any household. But toilets have to be not just practical but pleasant for the eyes too.

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Futuristic Vehicles Design by Peter Chlpek

Futuristic Vehicles Design by Peter Chlpek

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There are many designs of a futuristic cars and buildings out there. But when you are looking for something that is not only good looking but even practical, than designs by Peter Chlpek are the right ones for your eyes.

This is a city bicycle design featured at 11th International Bicycle Design Competition in Taiwan.

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For bikers that are going deep into the mountains is suitable the next bike design.

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Bikers that like the speed of roads is suitable this one called Cyclop.

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Waste collection is really important in a city. And this car for a waste collection called Zatroch is ready to help.

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Compact city cars are simply a must.

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Credit: Peter Chlpek, http://www.atelier.ooooo.sk/kontakt.htm



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Cast Paper Sculptures by Allen Eckman

Cast Paper Sculptures by Allen Eckman

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Cast paper sculpture has been in existence since the 1950’s. It should not be confused with papier-mâché, as the two mediums are completely different .

To create his cast paper sculptures, Allen Eckman first mixes an acid-free paper pulp in the studio hydro-pulper from two raw stocks—cotton and abica. Then the pulp is cast into molds which Allen makes from original clay sculptures. The paper is then pressed under vacuum pressure in the mold where most of the water is extracted at the same time. The drying process is completed by evaporation while the paper is still in the mold. After the dry and hard casts are removed from the molds the exclusive process of chasing cast additions, cast alterations, sculpting in paper and detailing begins.

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For more info visit there official site: Eckmanfineart.



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