2017 - July

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National Culture Research – Practical Applications

Multiple researchers have probed links between national culture and design-related expectations and experiences.  This article synthesizes study findings that have practical applications.  

Design Priorities – What to Do When Everything Can’t Be Done

Sometimes, there aren’t enough resources – financial, human, or otherwise – to design in all the features that brain science indicates would improve the wellbeing of users.  When that’s the case, designers need to make decisions based on the potential payoffs of available design options. 

Green Design: What's It Good for Besides the Planet?

Green design is fast becoming the standard for creating new places and objects.  It’s good for the planet, by definition, and cognitive science research has shown that going green has lots of other benefits.

Highlights of the 2016 Meeting of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics

The International Association of Empirical Aesthetics  (IAEA) met in Vienna, August 29-September 1, 2016. 

Design And Civic Engagement

Efficient and effective ways to improve society, by design

Awe: Additional Benefits

Enhancing our world, via awe

More Info on Physical and Social Warmth

Warmth and warmth again linked

Garden Varieties, and Their Implications

Garden type and perceived restorativeness related

Visual Complexity and Light Color

Change color, change complexity, change response

Side Setbacks Have Value

Again, size matters, sometimes

Burning Energy, Sitting and Standing

Calories standing = calories sitting

Overcoming Unattractive?

Unattractive neighbors, almost neutralized

Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

Eating explained, for designers and anyone who eats