Born in the United States and raised in Argentina, my perspective on design (and life in general) was shaped by navigating between cultures -- an experience that taught me to look beneath the surface of things for common threads and universal connections. My upbringing, combined with an affinity for design and conceptual thinking, paved the way for my current exploration of how people respond to color and design in general.
An undergraduate degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies at University of Richmond, and then an M.Ed. in Adult Education paved the way for me to hone skills in instructional design/training, meeting facilitation, and process improvement, and my visual thinking talent was channeled through logo design and other graphic communication. However, a lifelong curiosity about interior design and the fine arts eventually led me to begin studying color in the built environment and from there I decided to pursue a B.S. degree in Interior Design with a minor in Studio Art from Meredith College (Raleigh, NC). While at Meredith I began a study (currently in the editorial phase) entitled Beyond Hue: The Affective Response to Color and the Value-Chroma Paradigm, a work that explores how variations in value and chroma convey distinct impressions irrespective of hue. The study also explores how we conceptualize color and its influence on research and the practice of design.
Understanding how something works allows us to be thoughtful and intentional when we do it. I've always been process-oriented, whether I'm designing a learning experience, mapping a business process, conceiving an interior space, or choosing a color palette. Defining a thought process for color selection in the built environment occupies my thinking a lot these days, and it is my hope that I can contribute to the evidence that will help designers use color “on purpose”, especially in spaces such as healthcare where it matters the most.
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