Scott Adams, famous creator of the comic strip Dilbert, has partnered with leading United States innovations company, IDEO, to create such an experience with ‘Dilbert’s Ultimate Cubicle’.
“Over the years, thousands of Dilbert readers have emailed me with gripes about their cubicles. I feel their pain because I served a sixteen year sentence in cubicles during my corporate career,” said Adams.
“I started to think. ‘What would the ideal Dilbert cubicle look like?’ The result – thanks to IDEO – is a design that’s fun but also surprisingly practical.”
IDEO went through an extensive process of observation, brainstorming, rapid prototyping and implementation of solutions in regard to workspaces.
Dilbert’s Ultimate Cubicle team created a ‘kit of parts’ that allows employees to individualise their working space, retain their privacy, and create an office that meets their particular working needs.
The final model consists of modules that employees can choose from to build a workspace.
“This is an ideal project for IDEO. In addition to being fun and very creative, it started with a genuine set of problems to solve for a traditional office worker like Dilbert,” explained Fred Dust, IDEO’s project leader.
Dilbert’s cubicle features all of the aspects of a normal workplace such as a desk, chair, phone and filing cabinet. But unlike most common workspaces, it also includes a range of modules and interactions.
There’s a hammock (offers inhabitant the ability to nap comfortably); an aquarium (oozes tranquillity); floor cooler (keeps necessary sustenance cool) anda wall flower fold down chair (provides convenient guest seating).
The interactive features include the boss monitor (an icon that, when pressed lets you see the boss’s office door); pink gerbera (wilts when cubicle is empty, and springs up when someone enters) and the self-timing guest seat (a micro-switch set to a timing in the seat, causes the phone to ring, giving the inhabitant an excuse to get rid of guest).