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Office Examples

If you reached this page from a search engine, this site is about a little known mental break

design engineers discovered in 1964.


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When they were told the 'office worker,' still-believed-harmless, mental event

was caused by the long-term consciously forced suppression of the vision startle reflex,

they created the cubicle to block peripheral vision for concentrating workers by 1968.


Although there has been a multi billion dollar industry developed to prevent this mental break

using cubicles and Systems Furniture in open plan offices, the public, mental health services, and research

are unaware this problem of everyone's physiology of sight exists.


You can verify the design of Systems Furniture by visiting one of the manufacturers

such as Herman Miller Inc., Knoll, Steelcase, Haworth, or others.

The site link will usually be "Systems," or listed as "Products," with a sub set of panel systems, cubicles.



In protected workspace no one sits, creates movement, in another worker's peripheral vision.



So little is thought of this common problem that there are no studies, or papers about it.


Today computers and other digital view-screen devices require the same level of mental investment used by office workers.

That has allowed Subliminal Distraction to migrate, be created, in homes, dorm rooms, and student apartments.




The Bull Pen plan for offices used a central open room of desks for workers with private offices for managers surrounding that room.



Law & Order set design uses the Bull Pen system.

In this picture the Bull Pen system is used for set design on the TV program 'Law & Order' to create dramatic effect.  Shots of show principals have other actors, and extras moving in the background to create the illusion of a busy police department office.


Today most Police department offices use cubicles, or Systems Furniture.


When I spoke with a cold case officer in Atlanta, he said their department had a problem with Subliminal Distraction and had to change their desks to cubicles.


Remember, in the pictures on this page actors are not concentrating for long periods to create Subliminal Distraction.



Systems Furniture exists in many forms.


Generally the office does not use full cubicles, but spaced, oriented workstations

so no one sits, creates distracting movement in another worker's peripheral vision.



Offfice System  without full cubicles.

The level of required peripheral vision blocking protection needed is determined by the occupant's job.


Engineers, designers, accountants, authors, or editors would require the highest level of protection.


 Receptionists and phone bank operators require the least.







Some offices have zones for different levels of protection.



Open Plan Office

 Wide open spaces prevent the sensation of confinement.


But joined workstations block the creation of high traffic paths beside concentrating workers



In the far left of the picture are workstation clusters.

The long connecting surfaces space the workstations apart.

They prevent someone taking a short cut between workstations to create traffic aisle movement in peripheral vision.













Three wall cubicles are a common Systems Furniture design.





Three wall cubicle designs.



Note that each worker's back is to the center traffic aisle.


Busy traffic areas are upstairs out of the sight of knowledge workers in the three wall cubicles.


The area in the back may be executive offices, restrooms, or media rooms for printers, or other high cost shared electronics.













Modern designs use curved surfaces to achieve peripheral vision blocking in close spaced situations.


Close spaced but vision bocked workstation.


Note that while each worker's peripheral vision is blocked for adjoining workers,  movement in the room is not blocked.


This design would require additional features in the room for full Cubicle Level Protection.


Cluster designs such as this are used to connect computers to central power, and data.


This simplifies wiring,


Long runs of power connections are not needed.


Heating and cooling of the room is also simplified.






Some design situations break the rules but assume the location will not be used long enough to cause a problem.




Window Cushions.

The center window cushion has the sofas in peripheral vision.


Either someone added the cushions after the office was designed, or

the designer assumed the cushion was so uncomfortable it would only be occasionally used.


Light through the window would present problems reading a computer screen.


Pets moving in peripheral vision present a risk for threat-movement.