Design Process and Issues

Sensory Experience Sequences (03-26-21)

Researchers have found that initial sensory experiences color responses to future ones.  Jain, Nayakankuppam, and Gaeth, in a study published in the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making,report that “Once a price is mentioned, that number serves as the basis for — or ‘anchors’ — all future discussions and decisions. But new research shows. . . anchoring even occurs in perceptual domains, like sight, sound, and touch. . . .  [the researchers] conducted several studies involving different senses.

Introduction to Design Implications (03-18-21)

Adams’ text is a useful to designers intrigued by the idea of exploring the implications of design decisions.  He writes in his introduction that the chapters in his book “delve into the sociological, psychological, and historical reasons for our responses [to design].  I explored these issues as a designer, as I am not a neurologist, psychologist, or sociologist.  What visual and conceptual cues resonate, and why?  This was my constant question.”

Sean Adams. 2021.  How Design Makes Us Think and Feel and Do Things.  Princeton Architectural Press; Hudson, NY.

Urban Ambiance (03-16-21)

Bisson studied experiences in urban environments.  Research completed indicated that “three levels of understanding of urban environments can be identified: a first level shared by all, a second one shared by social groups, and a last one related to the individual. These three-levels of the inhabitants’ definition of urban ambiance anchors enable us to question participation in urban planning.”

VR Is More Than OK

Scientists have, at this point, conducted many studies in virtual environments.  They have determined that data collected in these spaces are consistent with those gathered in actual, physical places.  If your resources permit virtual reality research, you can proceed with confidence if environments developed accurately recreate the real world.

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