Are open plan workspaces truly evil or is this just fake news?

A recently published paper describing the results of an academic study by Ethan S. Bernstein and Stephen Turban[1], both of Harvard, has become another unwarranted casualty of the debate within our industry and in the mainstream media on ‘open plan’ offices versus anything else. The researchers conducted two controlled studies …

Putting inclusive design principles into practice throughout the website design process

Diversity and inclusion in web design is critical to the long-term success of any creative process. Creativity is about seeing things in a new and different way and solving problems with intuitive solutions not yet thought of; web design requires creativity and to achieve creative quality, you need creative diversity. …

Gig economy growing but employers should continue to cultivate in-house talent

The number of “gig economy” professionals working in organisations is growing and this trend is expected to continue, a survey by Korn Ferry has claimed. More than half (60 percent) of HR professionals say that compared to three years ago, gig workers now make up a larger percentage of their professional …

Royal wedding takes turn for the NSFW with BBC subtitle error

British royal weddings are usually posh affairs, steeped in tradition, and not really the place to make mention of, uuuh, people’s private parts.  That is nonetheless what happened when BBC News subtitled its coverage of Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank.  SEE ALSO: Cara Delevingne rocks up to royal wedding …

BSRIA publishes list of new and upcoming legislation and guidance for buildings

The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) has published a list of the most up to date legislation and guidance that affects the design, construction and management of buildings. While a couple are relevant primarily for domestic buildings, the emphasis is very much on commercial property and will be …

In the 'Better Call Saul' Season 4 finale, Jimmy's fate is so close we can almost taste it

Warning: Major spoilers ahead for the Better Call Saul Season 4 finale. For four seasons of Better Call Saul, we’ve watched Slippin’ Jimmy slip ever closer to his Breaking Bad-ordained destiny. In the Season 4 finale, “Winner,” he took his biggest step yet. In the last minutes of the episode, …

London’s West End office market stays strong despite slow start to year

The volume of transactions in London’s West End was down 45 percent, the lowest for January in over 10 years. This is to be expected with the continued ongoing Brexit negotiations, according to Savill’s, who expect to see a lower volume of transactions complete over the first quarter of this …

A woman has just won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the first time in 55 years

The Nobel Prize in Physics has just been awarded to three scientists for their “groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics.” And, for the first time in more than half a century, a woman — Donna Strickland — is one of the winners.  SEE ALSO: Scientists learn bacteria in your …

Growing pains at venture-backed Moogsoft lead to layoffs

Eight months after bringing in a $40 million Series D, Moogsoft‘s co-founder and chief executive officer Phil Tee confirmed to TechCrunch that the IT incident management startup had shed 18 percent of its workforce, or just over 30 employees. The layoffs took place at the end of October; shortly after, …

How to add schema to WordPress

Adding schema to WordPress is an easy way to help Google better understand your website content. You’re helping the algorithm by using a markup language which has been specifically devised for search engines. Google keeps making efforts into understanding content on websites, through Natural Language Processing techniques and more, then rewarding and …

Ne-Yo wants to make Silicon Valley more diverse, one investment at a time

Dressed in a Naruto t-shirt and a hat emblazoned with the phrase “lone wolf,” Ne-Yo slouches over in a chair inside a Holberton School classroom. The Grammy-winning recording artist is struggling to remember the name of “that actor,” the one who’s had a successful career in both the entertainment industry and tech …

The scale and complexity of public sector procurement makes a change of direction difficult

A new report from the Institute for Government claims that the British  government spends around £284bn – almost one-third of its total expenditure – with external suppliers. Given its scale, public sector procurement could not easily be abandoned even if politicians wanted, the report concludes. It says that four departments …

People, not cost now most important factor behind corporate real estate decisions

The corporate appetite for flexible space continues to grow as around two-thirds of occupiers rank employee engagement (68 percent) and talent attraction & development (65 percent) as two of the three most important drivers of corporate real estate (CRE) strategy. According to the 2019 EMEA Occupier Survey by CBRE over …