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Ownership and Culture (10-01-14)

Gjersoe and her team have learned that our national culture influences how we respond to objects.  More specifically, “individualistic cultures place a greater value on objects associated with unique persons [than collectivist ones].”  This finding has repercussions for design of spaces in general and the allocation of space to individuals, as well as the resolution of other design-related issues.

Clocks and Babies (08-14-14)

Researchers Justin Moss and Jon Maner of Florida State University have conducted research that again illustrates what interesting creatures humans are.  Their work has repercussions for the design/soundscapes of healthcare facilities and homes, for example.  The team learned that “The subtle sound of a ticking clock can quite literally speed up a woman’s reproductive timing. That is, the sound of a ticking clock can lead women to want to start a family at an earlier age, especially if she was raised in a lower socio-economic community. . . .

Presence of Mobile Devices an Issue (07-30-24)

Misra and her team have learned that if a mobile device  (defined as a smartphone, cell phone, laptop, tablet, or similar item) is visible (for example, because it’s on a table top or in someone’s hand) during a conversation, the quality of discussion among people present deteriorates.  Data were collected in Washington, DC area coffee shops.  These findings indicate the value of banning phones, laptops, etc., from meetings and also should spur the development and use of furnishings that keep these items out of view during discussions.  Specifically, the research team fo

Ours is Special (08-15-12)

Any designer who has ever sought to divest a client of one of their possessions, whether that be a tawdry piece of art or a beat up old chair or something else has seen first hand that once something belongs to a person, it becomes special and important, at least in their eyes.