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The way that physical stores  are designed continues to have a significant influence on the success of organizations selling objects and services.  Shoppers' sensory, social, cultural and other experiences can be fine-tuned using research-based insights to achieve sales goals.



Humans thrive when they feel they have a comfortable amount of control over their physical world, and design can make sure that they do.


Tuning light’s color and intensity to the right values, using insights from cognitive neuroscience, boosts viewers’ welfare and performance.  What’s “right” varies by context and situation; no lighting color-intensity combo is always best.

Coordinating in-use scents with other design elements makes it more likely that design-related goals are achieved.  Research has shown that particular smells can calm us, make it more likely we’ll think creatively, and help us get along with others, for instance.

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Harmony influences satisfaction


Warmer light tied to better moods

Task lighting and concentration linked

Organizations can reach goals via aesthetics

Being attached affects lives lived

Another reason to manage light color and intensity

Smell orange, feel less stress

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An important resource for anyone trying to develop spaces where people live better futures

For practicing designers who want to create places that support human wellbeing, at any scale

Design at Work


Pets traveling through the San Antonio airport, and their owners, are no doubt thrilled by its pet relief areas.