Aesthetics for the 21st century
Cultures vary in intriguing ways
Tactile experiences drive perceptions
Insights on wacky patterns in answers
A new methodology for assessing reactions to urban spaces is being used by researchers at the universities in Heidelberg and Kaiserslautern. Specifically, since “sustainable urban design needs to take into account citizens’ emotional responses to their environment. . . . scientists . . . are developing creative methods to capture information about those feelings from user-generated data. The data is intended to show how citizens use their city, where they feel comfortable and what conditions can evolve into problematic situations. . . .
Is it worthwhile to go to the extra effort currently required to present design options in 3-dimensions? Designers trying to answer this question will be interested in research completed by Bride and his teammates. These scientists learned from studying people watching movies in 2- and 3-dimensions that “both 2D and 3D technology are highly effective tools for emotion elicitation.
Help with a perennial concern
Researchers pondering whether it matters if a survey is completed on a cell phone or on the web can apply Woo, Kim, and Couper’s findings.
Research completed at the Rotman School of Management highlights the social implications of living in a “tight” or “loose” culture.
“Every design is a hypothesis waiting to be tested.”