Whitemyer, David. “The Future of Evidence-Based Design.”IIDA: International Interior Design Association. (2010): n. page. Print. <http://www.iida.org/content.cfm/the-future-of-evidence-based-design>.
In this article, different ways an environment can be improved based on factual results are discussed. The article touches on how important sunlight, color, textures, and layouts. Sunlight can improve test scores and overall happiness of students in schools. Extremely though out layouts are utilized in the shopping industry to make the customer spend more money. Researching thoroughly allows designers to use data to design a place to perfectly match its users.
Lehman, Mariah Lorena. “5 Ways Hospital Design Influences Patient Health.” Sensing Architecture. N.p., 16 Feb 2009. Web. 14 Apr. 2012. <http://sensingarchitecture.com/573/5-ways-hospital-design-influences-patient-health/>.
In this article, there are 5 ways simply put that affect the people that are very influential on the human reaction in hospitals specifically. First, having a sense of place is extremely important. This goes beyond just signage, it is a general flow that is comfortable for a user. Second, private rooms are essential and allow for better patient-family interactions. Third, incorporating nature and artwork within rooms feeds the senses and stabilizes the environment for patients and family. Fourth, noise is huge in the medical environment. It’s unpredictable and a lot of instruments and supplies need transporting through out all hours of the day. Lastly, color plays an enormous role in feeding that sense of place idea. It distinguishes different areas from each other. It can strongly affect mood of all individuals in an environment and levels of motivation in the work place as well.
Young, Jean. “A summary of Color in Healthcare Environments: A Critical Review of the Research Literature.” Healthcare Design. 1 Sep 2007: n. page. Web. 14 Apr. 2012. <http://www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com/article/summary-color-healthcare-environments-critical-review-research-literature>.
In my final article, I chose a review of a thesis about color psychology that was against any effective use in the healthcare environment. It claims that people associate colors based on culturally learned associations rather than the simple reaction one has to a color. Also, the work claims that depth perception does not involve hue, but rather value, or the lightness or darkness it reflects or absorbs.
1. Thorndike, Anne, Lilian Sonnenberg, Jason Riis, Susan Barraclough, and Douglas Levy. “A 2-Phase Labeling and Choice Architecture Intervention to Help Improve Healthy Food and Beverage Choices.” American Journal of Public Health. 102.3 (2012): 527-533. Web. 3 Apr. 2012. <http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=78e8a5b6-4191-4e91-87ac-52b991263fbb@sessionmgr14&vid=6&hid=19>.
In this article, a team put together an intervention for a Massachusetts hospital to hopefully increase the consumption of healthier foods and drinks in their cafeteria. They made a point that even though most foods are required to display nutrition labels, most people don’t fully understand them. The low number of individuals that do have a higher literacy rate as well as skill with numbers than most average Americans. In order to solve this issue, the team took a much simpler approach and clearly color coded the food into healthy, somewhat healthy, and there’s definitely something healthier you could eat. On top of that, they redesigned the way the room was set up so that more healthier foods were noticed and in close range of the potential customer. Because of the team’s attention to real human interaction with the environment, they were able to successfully increase sales of all of the more healthier items in the cafeteria. This article may not touch on hospitals and healing environments directly, but it backs up the fact that humans are extremely influenced and affected by the type of environment they are in and real results can ensue when this idea is thoroughly researched and utilized.
2. Waller, Sarah. “Redesigning Wards To Support People With Dementia In Hospital.” Nursing Older People 24.2 (2012): 16-21. Academic Search Premier. Web. 4 Apr. 2012. <http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=78e8a5b6-4191-4e91-87ac-52b991263fbb%40sessionmgr14&vid=8&hid=19>
Sarah Waller shares her thoughts on how important the healing environment is within hospitals, specifically dementia patients. The King’s Fund Program is a charity working to enhance this idea throughout the medical field. The charity has put together many projects to make the maximum impact possible with design principles. Not only does the mood and environment change for the better for patients, it also becomes a place employees enjoy much more. This of course leads to better work performance as well. This article directly relates to my topic and I’m sure will be very useful as I prove my thesis.
Topic: I am an in the Interior Design major and this is a route many people who complete the program take. I think it’s extremely interesting how the design of an interior space can drastically change the experience an individual will have.
Purpose: To shed light on something that is often overlooked within the healing process. The white, pure and sanitary look hospitals have generally portrayed are dated, and color psychology and the design of a space is proving to be increasingly effective in medical buildings.
Writer: I think learning about this topic would benefit later down the road in my Interior Design major.
Audience: I think designers that are involved with a new hospital would appreciate thorough research and evolution of this topic. I think anyone who has spent time in a hospital or other medical related building can relate to the kind of experience they had and understand that the design could drastically change that.
Working claim the interior design of a space can influence the healing environment and hospitals and rehabilitation centers should take advantage of this
Three (preliminary) supporting arguments
- in general color psychology is used in other areas, like fast food for example. mcdonalds red and yellow to encourage hunger to buy more food, yet still energizing to keep the feel of the restaurant quick
- compare the success rates of rehabilitation centers that are newer in design vs older // if they used color psychology interior design from research vs a place that’s more dated
- thorough research on how people react to environments is an enormous part of interior design in many other types of building, and a place of healing should be utilizing these ideas especially
Three (also preliminary) counterarguments
- medicine and medicine alone provides results
- hospitals need to accommodate for as many people as possible and focus on patients,not how the room looks
- hospitals and healing centers need to portray a strong sense of calmness and sterility
What types of evidence will you be looking for? scholarly articles supporting this claim, studies done overtime, success rates of newer and specific design orientated buildings
Three possible research questions
- Does the color of a patients room affect their recovery?
- How do doctors and nurses feel about their work environment? are they able to perform at their best?
- How do doctors and nurses feel about utilizing interior design and color psychology to accelerate healing?
Once you have posted your proposal, I will read, like, and send you a follow-up e-mail and message to (a) approve your topic, or (b) talk and/or clarify your ideas further so that you will be on the right track. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Unsure of where to start for my critical analysis, I simply typed “remix” into the youtube search bar. Without looking for anything specific I scrolled down and down until, maybe about ten or so down, I saw Alice from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. My Disney soft spot twinged and I clicked on it. Much to my surprise, this remix was hardly Disney at all. It was a composition of vocal syllables, musical chords, and sound effects from the original movie. It was basically a repeated sample over and over again for the background and then other samples formed a melody on top of that. Pogo (the username is Fagottron but I don’t know what the deal is with that, so I’m going to just refer to him as his Channel name), the individual that created these remixes, created a video using clips from the movie to go along with it. However, besides the video, it intrigued me that this new song was hardly “Disney” at all. This compiling of different sounds from the movie resulted in something entirely new. I would have never heard this song in a souvenir shop in Disney World. In fact I imagine this particular song in the background of an edgy, upscale hotel lobby or perhaps a high fashion boutique in LA. The user had other Disney Remixes that were equally interesting. I figured that if it involves using something of Disney, and also changing it, it means conflict. He not only uses Disney works though, he pulls from other movies or tv shows and makes new audios. Pogo has quite the fan base as well, with 4,207,925 views and counting. His most recent video is a mixture of sounds he heard on a trip to South Africa. I found myself becoming enthralled with all of these videos.The visual shows you where he took the sound itself but without it, I don’t think one would even know what the original source is! I think that’s a really important factor to remixing too. After this man works with it, it becomes something so far from the original, how can it truly violate so many copyright laws? If I do some digging I’m sure I can find some articles about lawsuits against this guy. He has been around since August 2009 and I’m going to guess he’s faced some issues, especially with disney. I am pleasantly surprised to discover a genuine interest in my potential topic after such a random method of research, or lack there of!
It’s not just a wish to be absolved of the crimes whites have committed against people of color; it’s not just a wish to join the side of moral justice in battle. It’s a wish to lead people of color from the inside rather than from the (oppressive, white) outside.
Think of it this way. Avatar is a fantasy about ceasing to be white, giving up the old human meatsack to join the blue people, but never losing white privilege.
He helps his alien buddy to escape Earth solely because he’s hoping the guy will come back in a few years with a “cure” for his alienness.
I’d like to watch some movies about people of color (ahem, aliens), from the perspective of that group, without injecting a random white (erm, human) character to explain everything to me.
Whites need to stop remaking the white guilt story, which is a sneaky way of turning every story about people of color into a story about being white.
Talk about your process writing this portion of the draft. What came easily for you?
I hate a definite game plan in the beginning, i was surprisingly not intimidated by the size of information i had to summarize.
What were the major struggles of this draft? Be specific.
Despite my intended game plan, I had trouble selecting the MOST important elements and incorporating them. Also, creating a flow that came full circle was a little difficult.
Let’s talk about time management. How did you balance the researching and writing of this partial draft? In what ways could you improve?
I could have been in a better environment when i was writing this. I think my flow wasn’t its best because i had a lot of distractions that interrupted my thoughts.
Now, a to-do list: write at least five (5) things you need to do before you hand in your summary portfolio to Chrissy on Monday, February 13th. Be specific. Do not write “finish the paper.”
1. make sure i’ve hit all the points i plan to
2. revise it from my peer edit’s notes
3. revise it from chrissy’s notes
4. have a roommate revise it
5. perfect it, and hand it in!
- the thought that all tv shows are “borrowing” from previously aired shows and would not exist if it weren’t for them is really interesting. do you think an original thought is even possible in this day an age?
- doesn’t that thought somewhat relate to our discussion about remixing songs by other artists? the advancement of technology correlates with this as well. artists that recorded songs decades ago lose popularity as a generation shifts, as do television shows. in a sense, they cannot live forever. as time goes on and technology broadens, the old can be manipulated into something new, something better, and something more appealing to that current generation.
- it’s mind boggling that the Lethem plagiarized to the extent he did. I feel somewhat cheated because I was not quite engaged into many parts of the article but i was specifically engaged in the personal and vivid anecdotes about himself and they weren’t even about him! Also some of his points about television shows and the connectedness with gift giving. I would have never known these words didn’t come from Lethem himself, again i wonder if every writer or journalist or even student who has a thought truly owns that thought. Plagiarism could possibly be accidental?
My Name is Julie, most people call me Jules. I’m in the Pre-Interior Design program and the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. I’m from Wisconsin and have some really great friends back there at home and here at the U as well. I used to irish dance for 14 years, fake tanner, wig and all. I love meeting people and traveling. I really want to study abroad to either Italy or Spain - Europe is so beautiful!