Research recently completed by David Kille, Amanda Forest, and Joanne Wood (University of Waterloo) and reported in The Economist indicates that sitting on chairs that wobble (for example because all legs are not exactly the same length) beside a similarly unstable table has an influence on opinions about interpersonal relationships.
Recent research indicates that when presented with a set of objects arranged in a horizontal row and asked to make a selection, people are likely to choose the item located in the center of that row.
Many classic studies, some conducted by famed psychologist Stanley Milgram, have detailed the bonds humans build with people who are physically near to them.
Designers and facility managers often measure job satisfaction when work environments are modified.
The idea of airport-centered cities is not new, but Lindsay and Kasarda provide an interesting discussion of the concept in their book, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.
Hund, Schmettow, and Noordzij investigated how people give travel directions in the United States and the Netherlands.
Space syntax is an important design research tool. N.S. Dalton announced a new iPad app to support people doing space syntax research via a recent e-mail to the space syntax listserv (spacesyntax.jiscmail.ac.uk).
Ray and Smith’s work supports the use of photographs in design-related research, although design is not the focus of their efforts.
Christoforidou and her colleagues have investigated bad taste and its relationship to good design.
Designing hospitals in China?