Controlling peoples feelings and behaviors with your design

I always say that designers are the dictators of feelings and behavior. They can make people experience certain emotions and even act in predictable ways simply through design choices. Of course, the benevolent dictator uses this power only to do good.

For an idea of how design can affect your emotions and behaviors, picture yourself sitting on a bench in a public park. The bench is out in the open, and behind you is a large expanse of lawn. If you're like most people, you'll soon notice a certain discomfort setting in. It's because we're genetically programmed to watch our backs. (Thank our ancestors, who were constantly getting eaten by saber-toothed tigers, for this built-in surveillance system.) However, if you move that bench up against a sun-warmed wall, you'll likely have created a situation that makes you want to linger because you feel safe (and toasty warm).

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kBEff The bottom line is that people respond strongly to design and to how it's carried out in the actual landscape. So if you make a place that's unsettling, nobody will want to use it. No doubt you've seen and visited places like this. In fact, your backyard may be one of them. On the other hand, you can use design to create a place that evokes positive feelings, such as safety, calm, curiosity, peace, or delight. As a designer, you have incredible control over how people feel and behave. Use your power wisely, and your landscape will be a source of joy for years to come.

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Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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