Designing a Space for Data Collaboration
Designing a space where people would come together to collaborate on data projects is trickier than hanging six screens on a wall in a closet and calling it a day.
In addition to the traditional modes of interacting with data — monitoring live streams, using common references, working together on a problem, alerting someone — we wanted a space for
Creative: for experimenting with new forms of retail signage
Strategy: for immersions into consumer environments.
Marketing: for displaying the work in an impactful way
Social: for people to hang out
We have formulated six principles that we used to filter our options and guide our decisions: from the choice of the physical space to furniture selections and software design:
Take it out of the closet
Accommodate different types of work
Design around how real people work
People should want to use it
Make it easy to fire up
Make the best use of it
With Bill Letson, Henry Bruce, Andres Hernandez, Vicky Lirantonakis, Paul Lenzi, Mike Proulx, and Chris Sherrill