believe that good design is imperative to how people function and perform
within a space. Interior design helps facilitate action – whether it is being
highly productive and collaborative in a workplace or comfortably relaxing at home. The very same idea applies to educational spaces - and there is
research to prove it.
Fast Company shared a study conducted by the University of
Salford School of the Built Environment that proves this point
exactly, showing how classroom design affects student learning. The article
might be worth diverting at least a little attention from what’s going on in
classrooms to how those spaces are being designed. The paper, published in the
journal Building and the Environment,
found that classroom design could be attributed to a 25% impact, positive or
negative, on a student’s progress over the course of an academic year. The
difference between the best- and worst-designed classrooms covered in the
study? A full year’s worth of academic progress.” Kyle VanHemert, Fast
Company, [Twitter: @FastCoDesign]
More incredible are factors the study pinpoints
that effect learning.
of the design parameters--color, choice, complexity, flexibility, connection,
and light--had a significant effect on learning. Light…concerns the amount of
natural light in the classroom and the quality of the electrical lights it
contains. Choice has to do with the quality of the furniture in the classroom,
as well as providing "interesting" and ergonomic tables and chairs
for pupils. Complexity and color both have to do with providing an ample amount
of visual stimulation for students in the classroom.” Kyle VanHemert, Fast Company
we work to provide floor covering options that meet the functional needs of
durability within educational settings, we pay equal attention to design
aesthetics, including color and complexity. We hope they evoke intrigue and
curiosity, provoking young minds to ask questions and learn effectively.
do you design spaces that promote learning? We would love to hear from you.
Milliken’s Theory 2.0 collection in Eureka 2.0
(left) and Stimulus Blip 2.0 are ideal floor coverings for educational