Edward T. Hall is the anthropologist responsible for coining the term “Proxemics”, which is the study of the measurable distances that influence/ dictate human interaction.
I discovered this theory whilst searching for links between psychology and interior & spatial design, for an essay, and it’s far more interesting that I originally believed. In his book The Hidden Dimension, he looks at spatial relationships in animals as well as humans in different cultures, and thanks to him, I now know how they get a lion to stand on a stool in the circus. So if all else fails with my degree, I guess I can always run away with the circus!
But back to the point of this post. In my search for a diagram showing his theory, I spotted this interesting, and badly spelled diagram comparing apple products to human space:
It relates so well! Check out the theory of Proxemics here.
Whilst researching environmental psychology for an essay I’ve to write over the Easter holidays (more on this to follow), i came across the Pruitt-Igoe urban housing project.
Basically, overcrowding around the 1950’s-1960’s in Missouri led to the construction of many high-rise buildings in a small space, but due to the social circumstances & living conditions, the complex became infamous for poverty, crime & segregation.
Apparently it’s a widely used example & point of study/reference in Architecture & Environmental psychology, in terms of inhabitation.
I’ll be looking into this more. you should too.
“Being dyslexic, I don’t like to read. As a child I read train timetables instead of the classics, and delighted in making imaginary perfect connections from one obscure town in Europe to another. This fascination gave me an excellent grasp of European geography.” [Being Digital, Nicholas Negroponte]
How awesome is that?!
Imagine how much more exciting you could make your next train journey!
Or: don’t imagine, go do!
A friend of my own directed me to this “crush confessions” tumblr.
Basically, you send in little stories, questions, and vent feelings, about your crush, and the blog ‘moderator’ uploads them on the blog for other frustrated followers to see.
I think this could be seen in 2 main ways:
1) “This is stupid” [observers]
2) “This is cute” [users]
The design is very similar to that of radio shows and display boards, where they ask you to text in messages to be displayed/ read aloud. However, this system is different, due to it’s anonymity, it allows for perhaps a more honest & human way to communicate digitally. There’s no social pressure to say hi, or to gain likes- it’s subtle nature presents an entire range of possibilities.
The website was discovered by my friend in a google search, meaning the target audience & blog posters becomes a much more widespread and vibrant collection of people- it’s not the friend of a friend on facebook, it’s random people collaborating similar thoughts together.
Could inspire a piece of work methinks…