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Recommendations for Designing Spaces to Support Creativity and Design




Goggans, David

Type of Degree



Industrial Design


This thesis explores designing spaces to support creativity and design. It examines supporting the tasks and thinking involved in creative and design processes with the environment. This paper also looks at how individual environmental factors could directly and indirectly influence creativity. Recommendations for designing spaces to support creativity and design were developed through the analysis and synthesis of literature involving creativity, design, psychology, environmental psychology, environmental design, human factors, and workspaces. The recommendations involve designing spaces to support the tasks, processes, and thinking involved within design and creative processes, while also supporting creativity and mood through individual factors in the environment. A studio space was evaluated based on the recommendations. As a demonstration of how to use the recommendations, the studio space was redesigned according to the recommendations and the evaluation. A scale model was developed to demonstrate the design.