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.
Cognitive scientists have extensively researched how the design of a building can streamline its evacuation. This article presents the most applicable of their findings.
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.
Often designing a familiar-seeming sort of environment/object is best, although there are plenty of situations when unusual is a better design direction.
Public debate on findings continues
Color gets mainstream attention
Relevant research reviewed by a master
Light intensity affects mood and alertness
Response to art linked to the room
Positive design for the homeless and formerly homeless
Who likes what varies, a lot
Are all seasons created equal?
Learn more about designing spaces where people do well, mentally and physically
Packed with useful insights savvy designers can apply