Informed Design – Newton_Street_Study_Group

Stand Alone 

Newton Street wants to contribute to your project.  

Newton Street curates content

The internet is a firehose of quality content on any conceivable subject. 

Findings from 8 major studies suggest that students, “use the same small set of information resources when conducting course-related and everyday life research.”

Why not navigate users to communities and rich caches of quality information? Show them the resources that will allow them to  to form judgements and offer them the basis to make their imaginings concrete. Be the guide and the source. 

Show the organizations, findings  and activities that  will enable users to become passionate and involved participants.

Newton Street creates content

Newton Street uses applied learning principles to make learning materials  more effective; brain based insights to make learning easier; and mesmerizing genius to make learning funnier.

Newton Street facilitates learning projects.
Traditionally, business (and education) practices focus on outcomes. But it turns out that focus on the end goal can make it more difficult to achieve that same goal; and, it can mean missing opportunities.

In a ten year study of luck perception, people who self-characterized as lucky were more open, more likely to deliberately accept changing circumstances and to seek and act on chance opportunities. Self-perceived unlucky individuals, however, tended to focus on the end goal in accordance with fixed visions. By analogy, organizations can function like unlucky individuals, rigidly adhering to particular plans. They fight problem after problem rather than deliberately adopting a ‘lucky’ mindset
Every project provides opportunities to improve your luck.

Newton Street informs design

Newton Street informs design.

Can you train your brain to be more perceptive? Increase the health of your brain as you grow up? As you grow old? Change habits of mind? The overwhelming answer from cognitive psychology and neuroscience is yes.

This is what we know.

Changes comes down to a few key ideas:



Quality of attention

But, change isn’t automatic. Your vision of yourself is of a conscious pilot driving the vehicle of your body. You sense that you command yourself and your decisions but in reality, your mind is closely tied to your body; your biology drives you. You procrastinate. You give in to short term desires at the expense of long term goals. You are oblivious to all that your brain decides isn’t exciting or interesting. You are vulnerable to priming assumptions, fallacies and misconceptions that frame your perception of yourself, others and what is possible.

How do you change perspective?

Research suggests that learning new skills can alter brain structures.
Focused breathing can increase both white and grey matter.
Designed situations can make it easier to do what’s good for you.

case study

elm environments @Big Rock Park 2015

​Design suggestions based on critical examination and review of the literature regarding play and cognitive enhancement in natural environments. Specific attention to perception, memory and attention.


Helpful humor. Sticky stories. Newton Street puts it all together with learning vehicles you can power all your own.


Hang on to your hat. Newton Street provides resources and designs to drive your learning program. 

Informed Design

What a good idea! Newton Street maps the intersection of applied learning and design. Bring us into your project.