Make Space (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) is a new book based on the work at the Stanford University d.school and its Environments Collaborative Initiative. It is a tool for helping people intentionally manipulate space to ignite creativity.
Appropriate for designers charged with creating new spaces or anyone interested in revamping an existing space, this guide offers novel and non-obvious strategies for changing surroundings specifically to enhance the ways in which teams and individuals communicate, work, play—and innovate. This work is based on years of classes and programs at the d.school including countless prototypes and iterations with d.school students and spaces.
Make Space breaks down content into 5 buckets:
Tools—tips on how to build everything from furniture, to wall-treatments, and rigging
Situations—scenarios, and layouts for sparking creative activities
Insights—bite-sized lessons designed to shortcut your learning curve
Space Studies—candid stories with lessons on creating spaces for making, learning, imagining, and connecting
Design Template—a framework for understanding, planning, and building collaborative environments
The content fits for a range of cultures & institutions: corporations, teams, and schools alike. Because the tips and instructions can be approached from a wide variety of angles, Make Space is a ready resource for empowering anyone to take control of an environment.
The authors, Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft, are directors of the Environments Collaborative. With the support of the d.school, they have prepared Make Space as a tool for everyone interested in designing and creating environments to support creative collaboration.