When you do not happen to be the “Workplace Designer of the Year,” it’s a good thing to be able to reference that person’s experience on workplace design trends. Thanks to the HuffingtonPost.com, we can access the knowledge and expertise of Mark Hirons, this year’s winner of the prestigious award.Perhaps the most illuminating of the statements Hirons makes in his interview are these:“Everything about the evolution of the workplace is exciting. Seeing more organizations recognize design as having a major impact on individuals’ experience, enjoyment and engagement is invigorating and empowering. It nurtures more opportunities to creatively tell organizations’ unique stories and explore design possibilities that will enrich the lives of their end users… which always is rewarding.”“What’s both exciting and terrifying at the same time is the incredible rate of change occurring in today’s workplaces and the responsibility that change places on designers. Our work doesn’t just evolve space; it can be a catalyst for advancing company culture. We have a responsibility to ensure design solutions are aligned with these organizations’ cultures, which in reality heightens the value for design to support business success.”As evidence of these two concepts, the of workplace impact design on individuals and the responsibility this places on interior designers, WorkDesign.com presents two specific design trends that are becoming prominent in the workplace.Authenticity-centered workplace design“First and foremost, I see a surge in demand for authentic design solutions that signal an organization’s commitment to its core values.” Brigitte Preston, principal of design and co-owner at lauckgroup design.“Authenticity-centered design may take root through a design vocabulary, expressive and creative visual branding, or specific materials, to name a few.”People-centric workplace design“Millennials will continue to influence the direction of office design. This generation wants a career that offers a sense of purpose and contributes to the greater good. Given this reality, workplace designers should consider how the workspace can embody these goals and how they can visually be represented in the space.”These trends in workplace design, as well as others in the office design industry, tend to reflect the overall changes we see in our culture, like younger generations entering the workforce and the commitment to the environment and the greater good of society.Have you seen these trends among your workplace design clients? What other trends do you see in office design?Looking for more new design trends, marketing tips, and ideas? Get in touch with TD Fall today.