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About Donald Rattner
Architect Donald M. Rattner (donaldrattner.com) 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 was awarded a Gold Medal from the Nonfiction Authors Association, First Place in the Chanticleer Instruction & Insight Awards, a Silver Medal in the Nautilus Awards, and won the Home & Garden category in the American Bookfest 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, Rattner 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, conferences, and corporate masterclasses. His work has been featured on CNN, in such publications as The New York Times, Architectural Digest, and Houzz, and on numerous podcasts.
Rattner holds a Bachelor’s from Columbia and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton.
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Gold Award, Nonfiction Authors Association; First Place, Chanticleer Instruction & Insight Awards; Silver Medal, Nautilus Book Awards; Home & Garden Category Winner, American Bookfest Awards; Home Category Honorable Mention, Eric Hoffer Awards; and #1 Best Seller and #1 New Release, Amazon
Creativity isn’t all in your head. Sometimes it’s in what's around you—especially when you’re at home.
For over twenty years, scientists have been discovering connections between our physical surroundings and the creative mind. Written by a noted architect, My Creative Space is the first book to turn this rich trove of psychological research into practical techniques for shaping a home that will boost your creativity.
Here’s a sampling of the techniques you’ll learn about:
- Which colors lead to peak creative performance
- How furniture affects idea flow
- Pros and cons of messy versus neat environments
- Optimal lighting and noise levels for achieving insights
- How memorabilia can break creative logjams
- Why ceiling height matters
- Which scents improve creative problem solving
- And more
Illustrating the book's 48 techniques are over 200 high-quality photos of interiors from around the world, many the work of top-tier architects, designers, and creatives.
Whether you pursue creativity for pleasure or profit, whether you’re a writer, entrepreneur, work in a creative industry, or simply enjoy doing creative things, this book will help you do them better. No prior expertise in design psychology required!
*Winner, 2019 Gold Medal Award, Nonfiction Authors Association