In a hyper-connected world, the need to feel and stay connected and not miss out on anything often shadows the importance of taking time out. The quality of life and work suffers because one can’t focus and fully concentrate on one task. Digital devices are cleverly designed to use human behaviour and create addictive habits. These challenges are recent and create havoc when taken into account their far-reaching effect on the quality of life, work satisfaction and fulfilment. Words like digital detox have become popular for a reason. The project discusses various methods and presents research that went into creating experiences for solitude and focused work. It also discusses how to engage and disengage the mind by using designing for senses in conjunction with physical spaces. The core idea was — how to get work done when you’ve got so much work to do that you can’t seem to focus on a single task! One notable aspect was that we use many collaboration tools that are not sufficient. Therefore, we need to create processes and environments for people to get in the flow. This line of thinking led the student to embark on a project: Creating solitude in a hyper-connected world that culminated in creating a Focus Pod. This physical space mimics the Pomodoro technique to break tasks in small intervals with short breaks to help focus more on a task.
Keywords: design for solitude, employee productivity, experience design, space design, spatial experience