I love walls. I love them so much I once gave a talk about them, using a wall. And I know you love them too.
Only recently, my colleague Kate Towsey wrote about the way we use walls covered with research findings as 'vertical campfires'.
But what if you don't have a wall handy? Or you're not allowed to stick anything on your walls?
Another solution is to create something more fixed, the way I did recently at the Passport Office. We were short of wall space, so I built a temporary research wall on a balcony rail.
In the rest of this post I'll explain how I did it.
How to build a research wall
My wall was made of 6 sheets of 8 x 4 foot x 10mm foam board. If you shop around you can get 12 sheets for less than £250.
To hold it together I used a reel of white duct (gaffer) tape and a pack of cheap glue sticks.
Large sized and 10mm thick foam board sheets are quite fragile, so I started by gluing pairs of sheets together with the glue sticks. I then sealed the edges with duct tape. Two 10mm sheets glued together and taped are much stronger than a 20mm board. Think plywood.
To fix the sheets to the balcony, I simply taped them to the top and bottom balcony rails.
In a few hours I had stuck up prints of our prototype and research findings, and we were up and running.
Have you built your own wall?
If you've built your own temporary or portable research wall, or improvised a research wall in some other way, let us know. We'd love to see it.