Employees Can't Stop Smashing Their Heads Into Apple's Glass Walls

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Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren't friends

Jony Ive, Apple's design chief, stepped away from his regular role for roughly two years in order to shepherd Apple Park to completion.

According to Bloomberg, the design is heavily focused on glass and includes work pods made out of plenty of glass.

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Apple Park was designed by famed architect Norman Foster, based on a vision by late company co-founder Steve Jobs. But it is apparently a widespread problem inside the new building. According to iDrop News, at least seven people hurt themselves smashing into glass walls the day the new building opened.

If your Apple Watch or Macintosh laptop has a problem, you probably know to take it to the Apple Store, where their tech support people, known as "Apple Geniuses", will troubleshoot and service it for you. Which makes the following understandable: Employees inside the new Apple Park headquarters keep walking into the circular building's many curved glass walls. California laws require employees to be "protected against the hazard of walking through glass by barriers or by conspicuous durable markings", so the company could be fined if it does not find a better solution for marking doors and walls - or it keeps removing Post-it notes put up with the expressed objective for just that.

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Indeed, Apple makes use of visual indicators like that at its One Infinite Loop campus already. Maybe Apple employees, and all of us, should all just stop focusing so much on our phones, stay present in the moment, and walk looking straight ahead. It officially opened to Apple employees earlier this year, supplanting the 1 Infinite Loop campus as the company's main seat of power.

As someone who regularly runs into stuff, I can personally confirm that walls, not people are to blame in this situation, and likely the whole things is more a source of brief personal embarrassment for those involved.

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All in all, we can see that glass has been a major component in the Apple Park campus. Unfortunately, their effort was curbed after superiors thought that the notes would interfere with the building's design. Apple did not provide comment in time for publication. She sued the company, arguing it should have posted a warning on the glass.

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