Whiter wins out over yellower light.
Reality and perception don't always align.
An idea-starter for wellbeing design.
More people are living alone in the United States. Deka reports that in 2010, 28 percent of households had only one person in them, compared with 6% of households in 1930. During the same period, the percent of married-couple households changed from 79% (1930) to 49% (2010).
Focus on play zones to maximize play.
Workplace designers face many challenges, including energizing and engaging employees who use smartphones after 9 pm for business calls. Johnson, Lanaj, and Barnes and have learned that “Using a smartphone to . . . work at night results in less work the next day. . . . people [participating in a research study] who monitored their smartphones for business purposes after 9 p.m. were more tired and were less engaged the following day on the job. . .
Hollis has written an engaging text highlighting how humans use interior design for psychological support. He describes the ways in which “Interiors do not just remind us who we are, where we’re from, or how to behave. They remind us to remember. . . . it is the contention of this book that all interiors are memory palaces: constellations of places in which reminders are encountered in the correct order, so as to remind us of what to do, where we’re from, and who we are.”
Campbell and Twenge report on the rise of narcissism. They indicate that “The tendency to focus on the self, and to ‘show off,’ is in many ways becoming a social norm.” Among the evidence referenced to support their claim: “Houses have expanded to encompass more rooms for individual activities.”
W. Campbell and Jean Twenge. 2013. “Narcissism Unleashed: Researchers Point to a Cultural Epidemic.” Observer, vol. 26, no. 10, pp. 28-29.
Designers creating post-emergency homes, whether they’re developing shelters for individuals following floods or civil wars or something else, often have limited resources and must prioritize their activities. Material in a press release from Concordia University profiling a study by Neumark, should guide their resource allocation decisions: “When it comes time to rebuild, . . . victims of home-destruction, or “domicide,” are often given only the bare essentials and told to make do. . . . . recent Concordia University doctoral graduate, Devora Neumark. . . .
Fleming has assessed the psychological implications of flexible workplaces and related management practices. As a press release profiling his recent article in Human Relations describes, “Last century, it was very clear where work stopped and play started – managers at offices and factories encouraged a formal environment. Personal lives were left at the door as employees clocked in. Today, jobs increasingly allow us to work flexible hours, yet we are expected to be responsive around the clock . . . .