Sean Harkin

Designing for the Future Needs of 'Anytime, Anywhere' Working for Commuters

My undergraduate dissertation project revolved around providing rail commuters with a more effective working environment - with the goal of improving the users’ work-life balance. The main challenge faced was how to do this in a setting with such tight space restrictions. In order to ensure the solution which would create the best working environment, the design was focused around the users’ needs and requirements:

- Spacious & Desk Space
- Quiet
- Private
- Flexible
- Connected

Throughout the design process all concepts and evaluation methods were always brought back to these needs and requirements; as the project followed a user-centered design methodology.

The chosen solution was to design a booth specifically designed to create an effective environment; adhering to safety requirements and sound ergonomic requirements - all while creating a pleasant surrounding for the passenger to work. The standard layout allows for the maximum desk space and leg room; however the flexibility of the design allows the user to utilize the space to accommodate their own needs.

The partitions and folding door grant the user greater privacy as well as reducing noise. The panels of the door have opaque plastic in order to allow natural light into the booth, in addition to being necessary for the user’s safety. With the addition of electrical sockets and high-speed Wi-Fi ports, the booth allows passengers to always be connected; vital for the modern worker.

The Booth was specifically designed for comfort, privacy and versatility.

Due to the space constraints of the train carriage, there was a considerable design challenge in maximizing the space.

Each component of the booth was designed and create using Solidworks, including mechanisms for the folding door, the folding desk and rotating chair.

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