2017 - March

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Sally Augustin

Meeting Rooms – Designing for Successful Sessions

During too many meetings, whatever people have gathered to do just doesn’t get accomplished.  Science-informed design of meeting rooms can change that and make group gatherings more effective.

Designing Façades to Be More Than Just Pretty Faces

Façades are more than just skins that surround a structure.  Their design influences the thoughts and behaviors of viewers, sometimes without their knowledge.  Cognitive science research can be used to make it more likely that the designs of façades send chosen messages and encourage desired behaviors, inside and out.

Encouraging Activity and Movement, Via Design

When people move, they burn off calories.  Slimming our waistlines isn’t all that moving does for us, however.  Research consistently shows, for example, that when we’re walking we think more clearly, creatively and productively (whether inside or outdoors), and get along better with others.

In Practice: Sounds in Names 

How do you decide what to name places, products, and projects? Do you consider how those names sound, for example?  Cognitive scientists spend a lot of time thinking about the implications of the letters and sounds in names.

Sharing Offices: Repercussions

Sharing isn't always a good idea

Designing Alleys People Feel Safe In

Alleys can be pleasant places to spend time

Activity-Based Flexible Offices: Implications

 A-FOs can be better places to work

Effects of Light Vary – Why?

Prior state matters, a lot

Children and Distraction

Younger children may be less distractable than other people

Blindness and Non-Visual Sensory Experiences

Not everyone's sensory systems are the same

Urban Planners Beware: Major Roads and Dementia

Living near a major road may harm our mental wellbeing

Preferred Distances from Other People, Worldwide

Different places on the planet => different preferences

Digital Futures and the City of Today: New Technologies and Physical Spaces

Insights on creating cities that support residents, visitors, and their technologies

Defined by Design: The Surprising Power of Hidden Gender, Age, and Body Bias in Everyday Products and Places

Useful information that can be applied to create a world where more can prosper