Research Conversations

The colors on surfaces and in light influence how we think and behave—this article details what neuroscientists have learned about the cognitive, emotional, and physical consequences of selecting specific colors for surfaces and for the lights that illuminate them.  


Cognitive scientists have thoroughly investigated how design can help us restock our levels of mental energy after we’ve depleted them doing knowledge work and other focused thinking. Researchers' findings can be used to develop spaces where people work to their full potential and live their best lives.

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A number of both useful and important healthcare design-related studies were published during the last year.

As the hours of daylight each day decrease in the Northern Hemisphere and increase in the Southern Hemisphere, reviewing the effects of light intensity on our cognitive performance and physical wellbeing seems appropriate.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


ABW influences worker experiences in meaningful ways


Straightforward options to support the visually impaired 

Making positive life experiences more likely

Green design and employee opinions

Dissatisfaction => exhaustion

Avoiding distractions has repercussions

Drawing and remembering linked

Book Reviews


A review of why design matters that helps align end-of-year resolutions with future realities 

Design at Work


Being in the recently completed subterranean sections of the Amos Rex Museum is enchanting.  “Enchanting” is an often used word, but in this case, it is the only appropriate term. The below ground areas cast a spell on visitors that lifts their hearts and heads for many moons.