Episode #19: The Psychology of Home and Impact on Creativity

As the quote goes, “the creative adult is the child who survived.” Today we’re talking all about creative space in your home, with architect and author Donald Rattner. Even if you don’t consider yourself “a creative”, he’ll reveal how creativity is within each and every one of us.

Donald M. Rattner helps individuals and organizations optimize creative performance by applying scientific research to the shaping of space. His third and most recent book is My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation, 48 Science-based Techniques, which received a Gold Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association, a Silver Medal in the Nautilus Book Awards and was a semi-finalist in the Chanticleer Awards. He has also written for numerous print and online channels, including Work Design Magazine, Better Humans, The Startup, and The Writer’s Cooperative.

Educator and practitioner as well as author, Donald has taught at the University of Illinois, New York Academy of Art, New York University, and Parsons School of Design. Speaking venues include the Creative Problem Solving Institute, Creative Mornings, Neocon, Metrocon, Florida Creativity Alliance, public libraries, bookstores, and conferences. His work has been featured on CNN, in such publications as The New York Times, Town & Country, and Houzz, and on numerous podcasts. Donald holds a Bachelor’s from Columbia and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton.

If you’ve ever wondered how you can tap into your inner creativity to design your home, all while seeing multiple benefits such as increased productivity, then this episode is for you!

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • The experiences that led Donald to writing his latest book

  • Why he says that we all have creativity inside of us, and what we need to understand about creativity from a very young age

  • The crucial links between our home environment and the way that we think, feel and act

  • Why trends such as wanting more blue in homes, and having higher ceilings, have gained popularity

  • Practical ways that we can maximize productivity at home

  • How arty work affects creativity, what “gathering in a circle” entails, and the reasons that making your home beautiful is not just a luxury for a select few