• Design as Art: Packing the Box to Unpack Sensory Design

    Sara Armeanu, Jordan Jones, Taylor Morgan, Madison Schneider, Taneshia West Albert (see profile)
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    How does an interior design educator make applicable and exciting theories, models, and perspectives of environmental psychology for interior design students? In reviewing a Human Environments of Interior Design lecture-based course at a land-grant institution, the instructor of record attempted to revitalize a residential mapping project to engage upper-level interior design students in the principles of basic sensory design. While the basic elements and principles of design heavily include sensory design information and are instructed in many lower-division courses, it is observed that upper-division students lose interest in these basic elements as they progress to more complicated design studios. In this project, students are forced to unpack and reevaluate design decisions made in a previous design studio project into theories, models, and perspectives of environmental psychology - specifically Stimulation Theory, Pleasure-arousal-dominance hypothesis, and Behavior-setting theory, basic sensory representation. The resulting boxes, however, moved beyond a vessel for student learning and into contained pieces of art that engaged all the senses and prompted various student reactions. This installation combines imagery from several successful boxes along with student’s reflections.
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