Research Design Connections


Research Conversations


Researchers have learned a lot about how the colors on surfaces and in light affect what we think and do.  This article lays out what brain scientists know about the cognitive, emotional, and physical consequences of seeing specific colors.


In many cases, the same spaces and objects are used by both men and women.  But not always. When one gender will be a heavier user of a space or object than another, it's important to apply research detailing the differences in the ways that men and women live best in their physical worlds.


Sometimes metaphors are more than just quick-off-the-lips verbal expressions—they are linked in fundamental ways to physical experiences.  Knowing that these ties can exist makes developing design solutions that resonate with users in a positive way more likely.   

Non-designers and designers often have different opinions of, and experiences using, the same objects/spaces.  Research sheds light on these differences and their origins.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


For some, different is delightful


Weirder can be wonderful

People are likely to be more forthcoming with info in some spaces than others

Choices depend on what we think about ourselves

People on urban streets can feel secure, even at night

Labels influence viewing experience

Options have psychological value

Book Reviews


New and useful insights on a well-researched topic

A scholarly review of how emotions, art, and real world experiences are linked

Design at Work


As the world becomes an increasingly contentious place, people need to spend more time with their pets, at home and away from home.