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Dilbert’s Ultimate Cubicle

Since 1989, Scott Adams’s comic strip Dilbert has chronicled the life of his title character in the impersonal “cubicle farms” of the modern office. One of the most popular comic strips in the world, Dilbert resonates with anyone who’s ever worked in a maze of identical offices that seemed designed to make the greatest number of workers equally uncomfortable.
Scott Adams approached IDEO to create Dilbert’s Ultimate Cubicle, an attempt to address the myriad issues connected with partition-based offices: lack of personal control, absence of privacy, inadequate space and tools, and so on. IDEO designers created and lived in their own “Dilbertville” within the San Francisco office for several weeks, to gain empathy for typical cubicle dwellers and to gain firsthand insights into the challenges they face. Combining that experience with input from Scott Adams and the cumulative advice of thousands of emails from Dilbert fans, the designers created a series of quick prototype spaces to explore a range of ideas, from the serious to the outrageous.

The result is a modular cubicle that allows each worker to select the components from a “kit of parts” and create a space based on his or her tastes and lifestyle. Practical considerations include modules for seats, computers, displays, and lights; more whimsical modules provide a hammock, an aquarium, and a hamster wheel. The project showcases IDEO’s highly adaptable design process and uses humor and optimism to explore the “blue sky” area between Dilbert’s problems and real-life solutions available today.

Let me check if there is any job vacancy in United Media. :-)

Written by anol

March 7th, 2004 at 12:17 pm

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