Submitting Student(s)

Trent Webb

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Sangwon Sohn, M.S., NCIDQ & Callan Gaines, B.F.A.

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Design

Abstract

Within the field of interior design, users can experience a variety of emotions and feelings when entering a space. From the color selection on the walls to the upholstery on the couch, how a person interacts with a space can positively or negatively affect their educational opportunities within their environment and their feeling towards the space. Midtown Metro: Extended Stay, along with the thesis, Sprouts Children’s Museum, both rely on user experience to further a person’s education and overall wellbeing within the space. Incorporating large amounts of natural light have been proven to uplift moods, progress healing times, and promote positive learning environments. In addition to this, using muted hues can allow a user to experience a sense of comfortability, due to the repetition and similarity they are seeing within the space. For Midtown Metro: Extended Stay, users can sometimes experience an overwhelming feeling if they do not feel safe or comfortable within a hotel. Within the thesis, Sprouts Children’s Museum, how natural light, selected hues, and the display of information are all presented can tremendously impact how a person learns and what they take away at the end of their visit. The research was completed to find a solution to address positive learning environments for adolescents which entailed incorporating natural light, hues of green, blue, and yellow, along with a strong form of wayfinding throughout spaces. Using these elements has allowed both projects to ease anxiety, further knowledge within spaces, and promote an overall positive user experience.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Apr 15th, 12:00 PM

Exploring User Experience and Adolescent Design - Sprouts Children's Museum and Midtown Metro: Extended Stay

Within the field of interior design, users can experience a variety of emotions and feelings when entering a space. From the color selection on the walls to the upholstery on the couch, how a person interacts with a space can positively or negatively affect their educational opportunities within their environment and their feeling towards the space. Midtown Metro: Extended Stay, along with the thesis, Sprouts Children’s Museum, both rely on user experience to further a person’s education and overall wellbeing within the space. Incorporating large amounts of natural light have been proven to uplift moods, progress healing times, and promote positive learning environments. In addition to this, using muted hues can allow a user to experience a sense of comfortability, due to the repetition and similarity they are seeing within the space. For Midtown Metro: Extended Stay, users can sometimes experience an overwhelming feeling if they do not feel safe or comfortable within a hotel. Within the thesis, Sprouts Children’s Museum, how natural light, selected hues, and the display of information are all presented can tremendously impact how a person learns and what they take away at the end of their visit. The research was completed to find a solution to address positive learning environments for adolescents which entailed incorporating natural light, hues of green, blue, and yellow, along with a strong form of wayfinding throughout spaces. Using these elements has allowed both projects to ease anxiety, further knowledge within spaces, and promote an overall positive user experience.