Posted in Notes, Research & Reflection

Shape psychology

The following article was recently sent out in one of the OCA forums: Here’s Why Spiky Shapes Seem Angry And Round Sounds Are Calming . I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw it, but it is a summary of psychological study findings, and has interesting implications.

This reminded me of a Drawing 1 exercise where I needed to “make marks holding an emotion”:

Calm drawing from https://david515893.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/project-1-ex-2-texture-part-2/
Angry drawing from https://david515893.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/project-1-ex-2-texture-part-2/

On the face of it, this gives a strong correlation with the study. Going further, however, I started thinking about my personal preferences – see the recent research point. It seems I my have a preference towards a low “spectral centroid” (SC), which are considered more calming.

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