2017 was a good year for people who value science-informed design. Many studies published in 2017 deepen our understanding of how humans (and sometimes other species) experience the worlds around themselves. In many cases, the newly published research allows theory to move into practice.
Cognitive-science based research has generated powerful insights into how children experience designed spaces and objects. Design that reflects how places and things are most likely to influence youngsters’ thoughts and behaviors can support their development and wellbeing.
Scientists have learned a lot about the design of fitness zones where extra pounds drop away, muscles build, and moods soar. They’ve identified ways that design can get our hearts and limbs pumping and make it more likely that when we’re done exercising we view our sweat-sodden experiences positively.
Our location relative to sea level can have a tremendous effect on the ways our brains work and we act, even if we don’t get altitude sickness. Designers creating spaces at higher elevations, or objects that will be used there, should know how altitude influences humans, so they can attempt to counter its potential negative consequences.
Useful new resource for understanding designed spaces
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More evidence that design affects stress
Different symmetry, different evaluations
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Lighting's brightness and uniformity matter
Training influences assessments
Survey responses vary over time, regardless
An introduction to crucial design-related considerations
Thoughtful insights for people designing for people