2017 - August

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Sally Augustin

Surface and Light Colors - Science to Inform Selections

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.

Designing for Men OR for Women

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.

Sensory Metaphors – More Than Meets the Ears

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.   

Expertise and Experience

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.

Movers and Uniqueness

For some, different is delightful

Memories of Bizarre Experiences

Weirder can be wonderful

Spaciousness and Conversations

People are likely to be more forthcoming with info in some spaces than others

Preferences for Cubes and Spheres

Choices depend on what we think about ourselves

Design That Makes People Feel Safe

People on urban streets can feel secure, even at night

Labeling Art

Labels influence viewing experience

Control While Evacuating: A Good Thing

Options have psychological value

Community Wayfinding: Pathways to Understanding

New and useful insights on a well-researched topic

The Aesthetics of Emotion: Up the Down Staircase of the Mind-Body

A scholarly review of how emotions, art, and real world experiences are linked