In Evidence, our column on the science of creativity and visual culture, we try to unpack the subtle ways design shapes human perception and behavior. Consider how color can make you trust an untrustworthy brand, packaging can alter how food tastes, and playful—some might say juvenile—offices may help you achieve personal job goals.
In 2015, researchers made particularly enlightening discoveries on how workplace design influences employees' health, productivity, and happiness. Some takeaways the architects and designers of tomorrow would be wise to heed: Invest in standing desks. Bring the great outdoors inside. And whatever you do, don't seat the asshole boss next to his employees.
Click through our slide show above for more of the year's most intriguing research on design.
- The Best And Worst Branding of 2015
- The Year's Boldest Ideas In User Interface Design
- 16 Brilliant Ideas In Home Design
- 12 Great Apps From 2015
- The 22 Best Photo Essays Of 2015
- Our Best Longreads From 2015
- The Hottest Offices Of 2015
- 9 Clever Ideas For Improving Travel
- The Smartest Fashion Designs Of 2015
- Words Of Wisdom From 10 Design Masters
- 9 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Architecture
Slideshow Credits: 03 / Vimeo user Microdac; 04 / Dougal Waters/Getty Images; 05 / ColorBlind Images/Getty Images; 06 / Celine Grouard for Fast Company. Handwriting: Joel Arbaje; 07 / Flickr user Minyoung Choi; 09 / ELWYNN VIA SHUTTERSTOCK; 10 / Flickr user James;