Research Design Connections


Research Conversations


Multiple researchers have probed links between national culture and design-related expectations and experiences.  This article synthesizes study findings that have practical applications.  


Sometimes, there aren’t enough resources – financial, human, or otherwise – to design in all the features that brain science indicates would improve the wellbeing of users.  When that’s the case, designers need to make decisions based on the potential payoffs of available design options. 


Green design is fast becoming the standard for creating new places and objects.  It’s good for the planet, by definition, and cognitive science research has shown that going green has lots of other benefits.

The International Association of Empirical Aesthetics  (IAEA) met in Vienna, August 29-September 1, 2016. 

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Efficient and effective ways to improve society, by design


Enhancing our world, via awe

Warmth and warmth again linked

Garden type and perceived restorativeness related

Change color, change complexity, change response

Again, size matters, sometimes

Calories standing = calories sitting

Unattractive neighbors, almost neutralized

Book Reviews

Eating explained, for designers and anyone who eats

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.