2017 - October

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Sally Augustin


Besting Design Goals Via Live Plants, Artificial Foliage, and Nature Images

Humans live better lives around plants – whether those plants are “real” or man made or pictured in artwork.  Research in the sciences makes it clear that our green leafy friends can’t be ignored and shouldn’t be abandoned.

Using Cognitive Science Research to Design for Evacuations 

Cognitive scientists have extensively researched how the design of a building can streamline its evacuation.    This article presents the most applicable of their findings.

Sensory Update – Highlights of Research Published 2015-17

In the last three years (2015 – 2017) scientists have been busy publishing important new insights on how what we see, hear, touch, and smell influences how we think and behave.  Their most important design-relevant work is reported here. 

Designing in the Familiar

Often designing a familiar-seeming sort of environment/object is best, although there are plenty of situations when unusual is a better design direction.   

Posture, In the News

Public debate on findings continues

Roles of Colors

Color gets mainstream attention

Neuroscience and Design

Relevant research reviewed by a master

Lighting and Thinking

Light intensity affects mood and alertness

Gallery Size in Museums

Response to art linked to the room

Designing for the Homeless

Positive design for the homeless and formerly homeless

Color Preferences, Culture, and Gender

Who likes what varies, a lot

Fall/Winter Nature

Are all seasons created equal?

Health and Well-Being for Interior Architecture

Learn more about designing spaces where people do well, mentally and physically

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact

Packed with useful insights  savvy designers can  apply