2018 - February

Designing for People with Sensory or Psychological Challenges

Many users of designed spaces and objects have sensory or psychological challenges that complicate their experiences in the physical world.  These people might be visually impaired, deaf, depressed, or have ADHD or ASD, for example.  Cognitive scientists have learned a great deal about how design can encourage positive life experiences for these individuals. 

Time/Design Connections

Spaces and objects are developed at a point in time and exist for periods of time; their design influences our perceptions of how much time has passed.  Considering time, and all its implications, is important for design success, particularly if, as Hancock suggests, designers actually create time.

Filtered Perceptions

Our assessments of the world around us are rarely truly objective. Whether we have design training or not, our cultures, the language that we’re speaking, our location on the planet, and our gender, for example, all influence how we perceive our physical environment.  Learning more about our perceptual filters makes successful design more likely—and lot’s of research data easier to understand.

In Practice – Indoor Plants

Cognitive, social, and physical scientists have been gathering data for decades that all leads to the same conclusion:  time spent designing in green leafy plants is time very well spent. 

Sharing Work Areas: Implications

Sharing is not always a good idea

Polluted Air and Morality

Design can counter air pollution's effects

Inpatient Needs and Expectations: Patient Room Implications

Opportunities to control experience are important

The Up/Downside of Standing 

Standing's effects on performance inconsistent

Presenting Design Options

Multiple tools, consistent responses

Design-Users’ Fundamental Needs 

Humans share basic goals, regardless of culture

Neighborhood Contentment 

Open space and street grids carry the day

City Layout and Heat Islands

Layout affects in-city temperatures 

Handbook of Well-Being

Science-based information designers need