Informal Education

Designers ensure that learning can now happen anywhere—and be all the more entertaining because of it. http://www.metropolismag.com/images/logo.jpg

The way we learn has changed. Textbooks are no longer the only way to study, and the classroom isn’t the only place for lectures. Educational opportunities abound, ranging from casual peer interaction to online Ivy League lectures. “Today’s students are constantly connected through multiple electronic devices, which gives them the freedom to study from just about anywhere,” said Sean Corcorran, the general manager of Steelcase Education Solutions. “Informal learning areas such as libraries and student lounges are becoming more crucial spaces for this group.” From highly functional solutions, such as Steelcase’s Regard furniture for educational spaces, to Poppin’s whimsical accessories for the student lifestyle­, designers today are ensuring that the new modes of learning are just as rewarding—and a lot more fun.

Black + Blum Stand Up!
Made from diecast aluminum with a soft-touch coating, Stand Up! can support a laptop, tablet, or heavy book.
www.black-blum.com

Lowepro Transit AW Bag
For students on the move, this bag’s flexible interior organizing system makes it easy to store and access multiple devices.
www.lowepro.com
 

Hay Color Binder
The designers Scholten & Baijings used five color scales with four designs in each scale, so these binders form a variety of patterns when stacked.
www.hay.dk

Poppin Color-Changing Poplight
Made from mouth-blown glass, and with a color-changing LED bulb, this lamp provides a happy atmosphere—even during long nights at the computer.
www.poppin.com 
 

Steelcase Regard
Offering many ways for students to comfortably connect their devices—and with each other—this modular solution is designed for informal learning spaces.
www.steelcase.com

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