One of the things we learned from this pandemic is the fact that many workplaces can, in fact, transition to working from home. In fact, recent studies show that this new remote home office model has many positive impacts on the lives of employees. FlexJobs and Mental Health America conducted a study to measure how employees felt about working from home. To no one’s surprise, 92 percent of respondents agreed that having a flexible job would make them happier in person in general. Over 80 percent stated that more flexibility, like working from home, for example, would allow them to take better care of their health. Two-thirds of respondents would specifically prefer working from home full-time even after the pandemic is over. And why not? One of the perks of working from home is enjoying the confines of your own customized home office. At the end of March, our Austin team shared some of their favorite home office products. Today, our San Francisco product design firm is sharing its favorites.
Keep your work area neat and organized with this desk mat. It comes in medium (686 x 373 x 4.9mm) and large (896 x 423 x 4.9mm) sizes so it’s compatible with most workspaces. The main work area is made with vegan polyurethane leather so it doubles as a smooth mouse and writing surface. Peel the leather layer over and you’ll find the 100 percent, recycled PET felt layer to store loose papers and keep your space looking organized. The top toolbar provides a dedicated space so your essential accessories are always just arms reach away. For those of you extra careful about your cable management, you’ll be happy to know this mat comes with a metal cable holder that can be fixed anywhere along the toolbar.
Our team at the San Francisco product design firm loves to splurge on these. Put the finishing touch on your office space with Nanoleaf Elements wood look hexagons. Create beautiful patterns as you rearrange these smart light panels any way you like to make your office space truly yours. The Nanoleaf Elements come with 11 different light effects to add a warm and welcoming feel to your space. Watch as light gently cascades from one end to another when you select the calming waterfall effect. Or the ember effect where the light slowly bobs up and down mimicking the cozy environment of a fireplace. Or use the Rhythm Music Sync function to bring your music to life as the lights move to the beat of your favorite songs.
Another remarkable project from the remarkable product design firm Dyson. It is a smart light system that adjusts the light automatically depending on the time of day.
The Lightcycle Morph features four different types of lighting modes to suit your needs. It functions as a task light that focuses powerful light on a specific area while minimizing eye strain. Rotating the optical head will allow you to soften the light and gently bright up a space. The feature light function allows you to highlight a specific piece of art or decor. Lastly, you can also magnetically lock the light head into the perforated column. This creates a soft glowing ambient light to set the tone of your space while reducing blue light.
On top of the light are a variety of touch and slide controls to customize your light on the fly. Or if you want to control it remotely, there’s the Dyson Link app. Use the app to choose between present modes and adjust your daily light routine.
About: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry's leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Click HERE to learn more about MAKO Design + Invent!