As most of us in the DMV entered week five of working from home, it seems the honeymoon is over. Kids are no longer willing to be understanding and some of us grown-ups are starting to lose our cool. Between competing conference calls, children, pets and the irresistible pull of “The News,” a focused and productive state is hard to find (never mind maintain). 

This video from Framery captures our new normal (you can actually enter to win a Framery pod for your house during this time). Those of us who don’t have room for a Framery phone booth in our urban dwelling can take refuge in some sage advice from designers, cognitive scientists and other workplace concentration/productivity experts.

This article from Psychology Today makes realistic suggestions for our new WFH reality. WorkDesign Magazine is working on a Pocket Guide for WFH , which addresses space and provides other resources.
And Herman Miller is pulling on significant research in physical, cognitive and social ergonomics to help us get a little better at WFH.
There is a lot of great contemplation happening in the design world about the future of the workplace after Covid-19.
Last week, we highlighted this article in the NY Times exploring just that.
In this last week alone, we have seen more publications and design firms weighing in on the topic.

Fast Company explored Cushman Wakefield’s answer to a post-covid workplace, focused on the “Six Feet Office.”
RE Journals interviewed Adam Stoltz of HOK, who took a holistic view about the possible effects of the pandemic on the world of work as a whole.
And Kay Sargent took a long look at how Covid-19 is already shaping the future of work.

Be sure to check out our spotlight designer interview, where Bialek’s Commercial Design Manager, Tina Li, weighs in on some of these articles.