Esther Greenhouse Interviewed on Good Design

Making a Difference by Design

REIS_D20081231GH_GREENHOUSE_Port_We speak with Esther Greenhouse, M.S., CAPS

Builders know that their homes make a difference in the lives of their customers.  But most professionals, whether they are builders, designers, or manufacturers, do not know the extent of that impact.

My work focuses on a key concept:  Good Design Enables

  • Good design enables people to function at their highest level (environmental fit)
  • Poor design pushes people down to a lower level of functioning (environmental press).  This is unnecessary and avoidable.

We all have experienced this.  For example, a well-designed car with adaptable features enables us to drive the car comfortably and safely whether we are 5'-1" or 6'-2".  A properly designed and adjustable workstation allows us to complete our tasks without ending up with sore shoulders or carpal tunnel syndrome.  Designs like speakerphone eliminate the crick in the neck inherent to a long phone call.  A well designed tool, whether it be an electric drill or an app, will encourage use whereas a poorly designed one will sit unused-a wasted expense-or make our lives more difficult.

So while most professionals and consumers are aware of this on a basic level, few understand the depth of this.  Design that does not meet our needs and abilities acts as a stressor, called environmental press, and can make us more dependent on others as well as at risk for accidents.  Again, this is preventable.


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