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.
For some, different is delightful
Weirder can be wonderful
Faces are "faces"
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
New and useful insights on a well-researched topic
A scholarly review of how emotions, art, and real world experiences are linked