Mark McKenna

last updated 1/11/2017

Mark McKenna

Design Director, Turnstone and Education at Steelcase Inc.

Location:
901 44TH STREET SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
HQ Phone:
(616) 247-2710

General Information

Experience

Designer - SkyWorld Interactive Inc

Design Director - Humanscale Corporation

Education

University of Illinois

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jhchoi - LA Creative Consultancy

Mark McKenna, Design Director for Steelcase.

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- Mark McKenna | Design Director of Turnstone for Education, Steelcase

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With its visible power outlet and dedicated space for a person's bag, the design is intended to calm anxiety in workers, according to Mark McKenna, a Steelcase designer who worked on the project.
Everything from a low charge on a laptop to a handbag that's not within arms' reach can spark "latent anxiety" in employees, he said, making them uncomfortable and unable to keep their minds on their to-do list. Steelcase's "Brody" design is not intended to replace a worker's regular desk, however, but to simply provide somewhere for an employee to escape for an hour or two. In the process of researching the design, the Steelcase team looked not only at the habits of college students but at research on neuroscience and how the retina works. Once the designers better understood the eye's response to movement in its peripheral vision, "that little fact flipped the project around for us," McKenna said.

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