Designing viscerally


Meerkats on the alert, just like your amygdala. Credit: Sara & Joachim, Wikimedia Commons

“My advice for designing your tiny house? Follow your gut.

There are many valid approaches to design such as the pragmatic (function) or the aesthetic (form), but these tend to be rational processes using the cerebral cortex, the thinking part of your brain.

Here’s the thing: if you want to live happily in your tiny house over the long haul, you need to tap into your amygdala. That’s the more primitive part of your brain that triggers your immediate visceral, or gut, reactions to sensory input.”

This is from a post I wrote for –  pop over there to read the whole thing!

Categories: design, thoughts on tiny | Tags: , | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “Designing viscerally

  1. Meghan

    What an interesting post! Wow. So much food for thought. I am looking around my apartment with new eyes, thank you.

  2. sagerad

    I agree wholeheartedly. I use my cerebral mind for functional design but i give into the magic of emotional design from the heart.

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