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WELL 19 — The Art of WFH: Creating a Calm and Inspiring Workspace

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Oct 11—Nov 1
Time: 7:00—8:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 13
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $310
Instructor(s): Olga Trusova
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:30 pm (PT)
Oct 11—Nov 1
4 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 13
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Olga Trusova
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Are you ready to transform your work-from-home space into a calm, inspiring, and energizing environment? With remote work becoming a permanent fixture in many industries, it's more important than ever to establish a well-designed home office that supports your needs and enhances your work experience. Rooted in the principles of design thinking practiced at Stanford’s d.school and beyond, this course will teach you to create a space that extends beyond mere aesthetics, one that is intentionally crafted to foster calm and inspiration, even amid chaos.

Through engaging discussions with the instructor and hands-on exercises that are fun and informative, we will explore the foundational principles of setting up a calm space. This exercise isn't about creating a sterile environment with everything in its place; rather, it’s about infusing your workspace with purpose and intention. You'll discover how to use elements such as light (inviting atmosphere), color and sound (bright and motivated mood), and furniture (comfort and productivity) to transform your home office into a fruitful, focused, and happy environment. By the end of the course, you'll be equipped with practical strategies and exercises that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. You'll learn how to create an organized and productive space that promotes peace and clarity while also giving you the freedom to transform how you work so you can learn and grow effortlessly.

Founder, Airis Mer; Author

Olga Trusova is a designer, educator, and management consultant. She is the author of the book Calm Living: Design Transformations to Fill Your Spaces with Tranquility. She acquired her foundation in design principles during her time at Stanford's d.school, and further honed her expertise through her roles as a consultant with IDEO and as the vice president of innovation at AAA. She founded the lifestyle company Airis Mer and has taught design thinking at Stanford. Trusova has collaborated with major organizations on design, including Nordstrom, Starbucks, JetBlue, and Kaiser Permanente.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Olga Trusova, Calm Living: Simple Design Transformations to Fill Your Spaces with Tranquility (ISBN 978-1797218526)