Develop a solution for sedentary working environments.

Tasked by Arizona’s Mayo Clinic to develop possible solutions for sedentary lifestyles, particularly at work and school. With an increasing demand for sedentary jobs and school settings, less time and opportunity for activity outside of these institution, and associated heath risks discovering solutions to increase activity are paramount.


Group Brainstorm

Initial research was done as a group (2015 MID students) to gain an in-depth understanding of aspects related to working and school atmospheres in the society, health concerns and benefits resulting from sedentary and active lifestyles, the history and a competitive analysis of current solutions with regard to work and school environments. As well as cultural research around the society and environment that facilitates a sedentary lifestyle, both locally and internationally.

Daily Routine

Research into the typical daily activities was done for adults that work in typical offices. Missed opportunities for standing were found with a high percentage of sitting as a result.

Job Activity Over Time

From the 1960 until today moderately active job functions has been declining while sedentary and light activity has been increasing.

Mortality Rate

Multiple health risks from excessive sitting and a lack of activity were found through the research. These risks can be reduced through a more active work experience.

History of Standing Products in the Workplace

Adult Activity Around the World

Differences in cultural phenomenon were researched to understand and discover underlying themes for success and failures. These cultural variances were found across the globe and were influenced by gender and age.

Product Opportunity Gap

After conducting thorough research into the health consequences, user groups, history, and culture surrounding sedentary lifestyles at work opportunity gaps for improvement were discovered.

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Option for Programs to Increase Activity

Making the transition from sitting to standing as easy as possible is the primary opportunity gap. While focusing on small / home businesses.
Making the transition from sitting to standing as easy as possible is the primary opportunity gap. While focusing on small / home businesses.


Design Inspirations

Inspiration for the design was found through a variety of sources, from environments to users, from art to technology. These inspirations help to form the direction for the objects personality, form, details, colors, martial, and culminating in an overall design language that can be applied to all aspects surrounding the product, from marketing and packaging, to presentations and future products.

The design language focused on minimal geometric forms to convey a modern professional work environment. Organic forms could be implemented to illustrate the use and approachability of the product.


To explore various concepts for standing desks ideation sketch were created. Various methods for lifting work areas, desk shapes, features, and leg organization were studied.


To achieve the easies transition between sitting and standing the Level desk utilizes a straightforward process of pressing the research button, lifting the front half of the desk and plugging in electronics to the USB and power blocks.
The brand mark was developed in line with the design language of Angular Professional. A brand mark that is unique, easy to understand, implies the function of the desk, and useful for multiple applications was chosen. Utilizing the triangular delta symbol to imply change.

Bill of Materials