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Matthew Brosius

Offices Changes Over the Decades-Part 2

Pull out your scrunchies, bomber jackets, and pumps; welcome to 1980.  This decade saw significant changes in political, social, and technological landscapes, all of which directly influenced office design trends. Workstations became heavier and more expansive, including storage drawers, built-in filing cabinets, and keyboard trays. The desk’s design became less oriented to daily tasks and more centrally focused around the new technology rapidly taking over the workplace. The 80’s ushered in innovative machinery, advanced communication techniques, and state-of-the-art information processing that reshaped the technological landscape. The rise of Microsoft, IBM and Apple paved the way for machines to become part of daily office design. The PC became increasingly popular and affordable, landing a spot on the desks of a variety of office departments.