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Seeking Advice from Location-Independent Professionals

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Help us Design Hangar Dreys

Throughout my career I’ve been lucky to be involved in the design of sets for movies and TV shows in New York City, been a design engineer for a medical device company, co-founded a biomedical design firm, taught engineering design, and worked for an industrial design firm.  Lucky!  I could have never designed that career.

Having been involved in design from so many different perspectives, I noticed that the definition of design itself was disparate and often unclear. As such, I set out on an endeavor to define design. Cutting to the chase, a long journey led to a simple result.

I define design as intention.

  • A scientist can conduct experiments, or do a design of experiments.
  • We can hire an engineering firm to build a bridge, but first, we look to an architecture firm to design the bridge. When design is done well, we get the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • A software engineer can build an app the functions perfectly, but without user experience design, not many people will use it.

Design is intention, and therefore, to work, it must be done at the beginning of a project. All too often, I see design being done as an afterthought. When we build something first, and then add design later, we end up with ugly cell phone towers covered by fake tree branches rather than works of art that can stand on their own. When we treat design as an afterthought, we end up with racing stripes on a car without character rather than a classic automobile that turns heads.

Believe it or not, even in the world of medical devices, I see clinical studies searching for meaningful results after completion, rather than designing the study to satisfy complex requirements at the front of the endeavor.

I say all of this as a backdrop to the mindset of designing a space for Hangar Dreys. If you’re reading along in real-time, what you know is that we don’t yet have a permanent space. The location, floorplan, and features of Hangar Dreys is critical to understand from our stakeholders at the beginning of our journey, NOT as an afterthought.

We want to hear from you! We are building a space that is intended for a diverse community of location-flexible professionals. If you are looking to grow into a two, four, or six-person office, that is NOT Hangar Dreys. There are several great coworking spaces for that and I’m happy to give you a recommendation. If you are interested in growing into your personal best self, that is Hangar Dreys. If you are looking to grow meaningful relationships, THAT is Hangar Dreys.

Hangar Dreys is not for growing teams, but for growing individuals who want to improve their mental, physical, and social fitness. Our family will be members that are interested in activities like walking, jogging, yoga, and meditation. We have a brand that includes bikes, and a mascot who rides their bike to work, whether that be an e-bike or a mountain bike.

But we are not building Hangar Dreys for our squirrel named Drey. We are building it for you, the individual remote worker, solopreneur, digital nomad, and independent contractor. If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you. Let us know what is important to you in a coworking space. What are the things you like the best about the places you work? What are your biggest dislikes? What is the best workday you’ve ever had? What made that so good? What about the worst day? What made it go so badly? Tell us your stories about how you work and how you wish to work as we intentionally design a space to Work Different.

I’m serious, I want to hear from you! Send me an email at Andrew@HangarDreys.com with your thoughts or set up a time to talk. I’m looking forward to connecting with you.

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to every-being and all-things

Andrew J. DiMeo, Sr., Ph.D.