We get a lot of questions about collaboration spaces at the d.school (check our Facebook page for a recent example from a K-12 teacher who’d toured our space and wanted to know more about the tool we affectionately call a “sugar cube”).
One constant about our space is that our needs are continually changing, from day-to-day and class-to-class. A key to serving that flexibility is leveraging tools that make transitions from thinking-to-doing, from sitting-to-standing, as quick and easy as possible. One perennial performer that we lean on regularly is literally a building block within our learning environments: the foam cube.
These deceptively simple artifacts function not only as dynamic seats, but also as great tools for quickly building prototypes that otherwise would be difficult to achieve with heavier building materials. People can literally imagine and create most any environment on-the-fly. The success of the cubes in action has guided us toward an attitude of creating highly malleable spaces. Here are the details on our “sugar cubes”. If you incorporate them into your space, ping us back with the who/what/when/how of your activities, so that we can keep learn with you.