Visual complexity is an important driver of experience. Both too much and too little are bad for our mood and cognitive performance. Neuroscience research reveals how to manage visual complexity, disorder, and clutter.
“Engagement” is a hot topic—it’s being discussed by everyone from human resource managers to community organizers; boosting it is the goal of almost every group, regardless of size. And the research is clear: design can buoy users’ engagement with organizations, or not.
Want people to obey the rules, do the right thing, keep out of mischief and just generally, behave in socially acceptable ways? Environmental neuroscientists have done a lot of research on how design can encourage space and object users to be on their best behavior—insights from their studies can be applied in practice.
The design of temporary nests make a real difference in humans’ lives. The spaces people call “home” for short periods of time can constructively enrich experiences when thoughtfully and empathetically developed.
Thinking changes with a tip of the head
Bridging is bettering
Aligning project phases with working conditions expedites creativity
Too little is too bad
Bright, uniform, and overhead prevail
An outcome to be avoided
Color saturation influences perceptions
Opportunities affect responses
A challenging, insight-packed book
Reviews fractals and their role in design, for the mathematically inclined reader
The design of Purina’s PawsWay center in Toronto boosts the mood—and wellbeing—of all of its users, regardless of species.