behavior · design · happiness

Designing for solitude

Sometimes we need to be alone. But it can be hard in an urban environment. How do we design a space to provide a quiet place to re-center ourselves, or just hear a phone call.

From IxDA, designing for solitude:

We live in a world where our ability to be connected and constantly available has changed in a remarkably short period of time, with profound effects on our behaviour. As designers, we are often asked to reflect this always-on state in the products, software and services we help to create.

Because of this, finding solitude – our ability to switch off and contemplate – is becoming more difficult. What are the affects of this on us and our relationships with each other? Is it important for our creativity to detach ourselves from the world around us? And what might the products and services we design for an off state look like?