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Transitioning from outside to inside or from one zone outdoors or indoors to another is a big deal psychologically and it’s an experience that design can elevate, or not. Cognitive scientists have investigated many space transition-related topics, and applying their findings in practice makes positive transitions more probable than negative ones.


For many groups, effective collaboration is a prerequisite for success. Neuroscience-based design keeps colleagues—in offices, healthcare facilities, schools, and elsewhere—effectively working toward common goals. 


Social scientists have developed a rich understanding of how people make choices—and clients, users, and designers all make decisions.  Designers who know how decisions get made are more likely to produce places and things that enhance both human wellbeing and performance.

Traveling from place to place can be physically and mentally challenging.  Researchers have thoroughly explored how architecture, interior design, and signage can help us keep moving toward our intended destinations—and minimize our stress levels along the way. 

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Demystifying circadian stimulus

Culture-blind design is not a good idea

A more nuanced "cure" for workplace sitting

Patients per room and aggression linked

Stressed, by design

Sound and food choices

Spaces that are simultaneously good and bad

Making high performance work at work

Book Reviews

Tools to enrich designers’ problem solving processes

Design at Work


The Rotterdam airport efficiently and effectively and pleasantly transitions travelers from its entrance to their (eventually) waiting airplanes.