Blog 5

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The door made of bamboo. I liked this design because it focused on the natural factor of the bamboo, while having a cool design.

Last week each major apparel design, merchandising, and interior design had different readings. Since I am a merchandising student I read the article “The Impact of In- Store Greenery on Customers”. The reading talked about how greenery and nature effects customers in a store environment. One of the examples used that supported the positives of greenery in the shopping environment was a study that showed humans preferred vegetated settings over artifact- dominated environments. Stores with more vegetation and greenery are perceived more pleasurable than stores that don’t have much greenery in the environment. The thing that interested me was that greenery helped relieve stress in humans. Shopping is already a stressful process, so to have a environment that relives stress while shopping makes it more pleasurable and easy to do.
We watched a TED talk video about the use of bamboo to build homes and other things instead of things like wood and other building materials. To see how the builders and designer had to be creative because bamboo bent and shaped in weird and unconventional ways was interesting. I liked the curved and circle doors that was created with bamboo because the designer designed around the natural factors of the bamboo instead of trying to make the bamboo shape into a conventional rectangular door. We learned about Biophilia and that is loving things and life. Us as humans will always have a connection to nature no matter how many technological advances that we make. One of the patterns that I connect with is the Non-Visual connection with nature. I love the sounds of nature and I often sleep better with sounds of nature audio. That also ties into the pattern of presence of water because the sound of audio makes me feel relaxed and at ease with my thoughts.
We talked about 10 Ted Principles and the first one I found interesting was design that looks at models from nature and history. I find that of you look to nature, the design concepts its just designers job to make it better and usable for humans while keeping the elements of nature. The second principle is design to reduce the need to consume. When designing something, we should design and use products that have longevity instead of designing for what’s new and now. In all this week we learned how to expand our mind when it comes to designing and creating sustainable environments.

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