What IS Design Psychology?

Joy Gardens Friendship Flame at Sunset

People constantly ask me on Twitter about Design Psychology.
Today’s simple answer: “Design Psychology creates spaces to support emotions for desired outcome such as creativity or production.”
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@JeanetteJoy: Ah … So using physical space to foster an emotional and creative space within? Very cool.

Which is right. And more.

The photo above shows Design Psychology in action to create a background for people. A statement of the Earth’s elements, a serene, peaceful escape…

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15 Comments on “What IS Design Psychology?

  1. Jeanette – I’ve always appreciated your insight and wisdom when it comes to design. Glad I found your awesome blog to get the latest info. Thanks

  2. Design Psychology creates spaces to support emotions for desired outcome such as creativity or production!

    I love this -thanks for sharing!

  3. aaahhhhh…..I was having a tense moment because a good friend of mine had her feelings terribly hurt by someone’s cruel remark and this picture washed it all away.

  4. While the fire rock is the central focus . The way the swimming pool is laid out it almost seems to stretch into the distant scenery.

  5. A definite truth that spans all applications of design and creation.

    • Design Psychology research came to a few of the same conclusions as Feng Shui. One main difference is that the research proved mirrors are good for you. Even if you don’t look at yourself, mirrors reinforce your presence to yourself, which is comforting. Therefore, the designs differ in our practices. I have a huge mirror in my bedroom which makes Feng Shui practitioners shudder.

      I researched the science behind interior and landscape design elements. We have physiological and psychological responses to design elements like color, lighting, pattern, texture, etc. Understanding how to select design elements for a specific purpose helps create spaces supporting the emotional needs.

      In plain English, if an author needs an office to support creativity, it would be different than an office designed for organization. Hopefully the author would need more help either creating ideas or organizing ideas. Most creatives have too many ideas and need productivity by organization. Organized people tend to need more creativity. Totally different design!

  6. This is so fascinating!! I’ve never really thought about the psychological aspects of design before, and now I’ll definitely start paying attention.

  7. Hi Jeanette,

    Great image – I feel relaxed even looking at it.

    I’d love to talk on the subject of Design Psychology with you. We’ve invested a bit in our space at my company, but I know it’s lacking. To be creative and feel inspired, the space is very important. We’re working on some changes now 🙂

    I look forward to following your blog.



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