ASID Eye on Design
Aug. 13, 2010

Designing for mood and perception
Research Design Connections
Recent research indicates that when people are in a negative mood they are more likely to focus directly on an item being evaluated, but when in a positive mood they will compare the item being judged to others being simultaneously experienced. The findings suggest that when people can be expected to be in a positive mood, designers must be careful to ensure that the context is consistent with the focal element and design intention, while this consistency is not so important when people can be expected to be in a negative mood (e.g., a wedding chapel vs. the department of motor vehicles).More

Idea house wraps cutting-edge design in casual elegance
The Southern Living 2010 Idea House in Covington, La., combines casual chic with an effective use of space, materials and technology to create an updated classic: traditional Southern charm, but with a youthful and contemporary feel. Among its forward-looking features is a ground-floor guest room that can be converted to a master suite, complete with elevator shaft.More

Good news for the building industry
Mountain States Construction
It appears recovery from the current recession will be a long, slow climb rather than a quick leap. Declines in project starts have created a murky marketplace complete with bidding frenzies, razor-thin profit margins and an unemployment rate over 20 percent. But, along with the bad, there is some good coming out of the current recession. The editors of Mountain States Construction magazine have compiled a list of 10 things that are getting better in 2010.More

Chair wired to scold slouchers
Fast Company
Bad news for happy slouchers: Now, there's a chair that'll straighten you up, whether you like it or not. Yale mechanical engineering professor John Morrell and grad student Ying Zheng wired up one of Herman Miller's Aeron chairs so that it buzzes whenever you slump. "The vibration is supposed to be an annoyance," Zheng says, the idea being that it's so irritating, you sit up like a rod."More

Changing tastes have pub owners dialing designers
Morning Advertiser
Hard hit by the recession, smoking bans and competition from coffeehouses, Britain's pubs are fighting for survival. Owners are turning to design firms to make the interiors more contemporary and appealing to an increasingly discerning customer base.More

Sleep study reveals harmful noise levels in hospitals
Healthcare Design Magazine
A newly released study from The Center for Health Design shows that intravenous pump alarms and staff conversations may keep patients from getting a good night's sleep. The sound sleep study is the first study to identify decibel (dB) levels at which 14 typical hospital sounds are too loud for undisturbed sleep. The study's results and recommendations are expected to drive innovation in design, construction, materials, equipment, and care protocols to improve acoustics in healthcare environments, positively impacting medical outcomes and increasing safety.More

Open-plan office environments and job satisfaction
Although previous studies have investigated the relationships between the physical work environment, individual employees, interpersonal relationships, and organizations, no clear design criteria has been established to apply these findings. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology employed a Satisfaction with Environmental Features measurement tool to measure worker's environmental satisfaction in open-plan office settings. Workers who tended to be satisfied with three factors—satisfaction with privacy/acoustics, satisfaction with lighting, or satisfaction with ventilation/temperature—were more likely to be satisfied with their jobs.More

Bloomie's SoHo goes SoCal
California Apparel News
The newest Bloomingdale's store, in Santa Monica, Calif., is the next step in the development of the retail giant's highly edited, young-thinking, smaller-square-footage concept, which debuted in New York's SoHo neighborhood in 2004. Santa Monica's splashes of color are some of several striking changes for Bloomingdale's, where black lacquer tiles and black-hued merchandise both serve as store signatures.More

Versatility, sustainability key to meeting the needs of different generations
Nation's Building News
Baby boomers want universal design and low maintenance. Gen X wants small, stylish spaces. Gen Y wants innovation. All want sustainability and energy savings. Builders and designers need to stay flexible to meet the demands of different generations of home buyers.More

Optical illusion design: a new concept in interior design
If you thought you have seen it all in the name of design, then it's time to wake up and smell the coffee. Interior designers all over have woken up to a new concept of designing offices or studios with a unique concept of optical illusion, thanks to some creative and out-of-the-box thinking by graduates of the Chelsea School of Art and Design.More