The wisdom of kitchens

Like many people, since the start of the pandemic I have been spending a lot more time in the kitchen. I’ve learned more about the art of cooking in the last half year than I can even begin to describe.

One of the more valuable lessons has been the importance of a well designed cooking space, with ready access to tools. You want your counter tops, cooking utensils, spice rack, stoves and oven, dishes, refrigerator, and pantry to all be within easy reach.

Everything is about flow. While you’re working on one thing, it’s important to know how that the other thing you started is doing, and whether it needs to be tended to.

I think about this when I think about future tasks we might do in shared virtual reality. VR is fairly new, but kitchen design has been going on for many centuries.

Perhaps we can apply some of the wisdom of kitchens to the design and workflow of our future shared VR spaces. I would not be surprised if we were to find that the two have a lot in common.

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