Five vis-com trends that will flourish next year

From touchscreens and desk-side meetings to virtual reality and better use of ‘dead’ spaces, the way we’re deploying visual communications in the workplace is changing.

We’re all working more flexibly, companies are using office space more efficiently and new technologies are constantly coming on stream. This creates multiple needs and opportunities for visual information to be presented in ever smarter, cleaner and easier ways.

Here are just five visual communication trends likely to continue picking up the pace in 2018:

1. Clever touchscreen technology

Screens that people can use to collaborate in real time, and store and share information on, are continuing to boom. One indicator of this comes from sales figures for large format displays in the UK, which were reported to increase by over 20% in Q1 2017, year on year.

Wall mounted touchscreens offer a slimline,space-saving way for people to collaborate in a multitude of ways. Many offer multiple touch points, enabling several people to use the screen at once, to interact directly on the screen or via hand held devices. They can also integrate audio with in-built speakers, making them ideal for video presentations.

2. Desk top boards. Quick and simple.

In workplaces where space is at a premium and fewer board-style rooms are designed into modern offices, informal meetings are often held at individual workstations.

Dry erase boards provide a simple yet popular way for employees to easily set out their thoughts, visualise different viewpoints and present information from the comfort of their personal workspace.

Smaller format flip-charts are easy to clean and carry. Some come with a dry erase board on one side and flip chart on the other. Many also have their own easel for use on table or desk tops.

3. A touch of glass

Aesthetics matter to many modern businesses. Solutions that offer a smart, design conscious way to display and share information include glass boards. These convey innovation, contemporary design, and usefully, they’re magnetic, which means both functionality and style.

Many glass boards can be hung on walls without the use of a frame, providing space for written messages and magnetic notes.

4. Virtual reality

For training and educational purposes, virtual reality offers huge opportunities to organisations that need to immerse people in new experiences, practice a skill or have a virtual view of a finished project. Floorplans visualised through VR technology can give anyone the best idea of how a final project will look.

VR goggles are increasingly on stream in schools and training settings, giving users a comfortable and engaging virtual reality experience. These can be used to adapt a smartphone to a VR world, offering a 120-degree field of view and noise cancelling headphones.

5. Bringing ‘dead’ spaces to life

A wall no longer needs to be a ‘dead’ space in any work environment, thanks to the burgeoning use of projectors. Functional spaces are big news in vis com, with the emergence of products to convert walls into communication spaces. However, any wall area can become instantly functional with the use of a projector.

A portable, easily stored-away projector can help to reduce clutter, optimise available space in any room and give viewers a giant screen, captivating experience at the simple touch of a button.

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