This week, we talk about what you should consider when designing a coworking space.
We reference the book Make Space by the Stanford d.School
Things to keep in mind:
You don't need a big space to make it awesome for your members!
Also consider your budget and future plans. Do you want to have furniture that is inexpensive and easy to move around (like IKEA, which we have at the Reno Collective)? Or less movable, investment pieces that stay put? It all depends on what you plan to use the space for.
Use the do-it-yourself ethics that are prevalent in coworking spaces. Make Space has many plans and ideas for projects you can make yourself.
Break the main space into dedicated areas. Be sure to offer your members some private areas to work quietly. Feelings toward open floorplans are mixed but can be beneficial if you also offer privacy when members need it.
We once again reference the 99% Invisible episode about wayfinding.
The Luxafor Kickstarter is a clever way for coworkers to indicate if they are available to talk or if they are working on a project.
Send us pictures of your space! firstname.lastname@example.org