How often in life do we get to trade in our skin for a new one? Come new year, I’ll be trading in the external face of this blog for a new one. With blogs that is easy, more like a change of clothes than a re-design. Yet as we spend more and more time on the internet the places we visit become ‘environments’. And the smallest change affects us. Anyone that has visited a favorite website to find it redesigned can attest to the jarring effect this can have.
This is something that might fall under that domain of environmental psychology. The American Psychological Association’s Division 34 is devoted to the impact of environments on our psyche. The division divides their focus into three areas: population, built environments, and natural environments.
A change to a website design might fall under ‘built environments’. In any case, that’s what’s happening here January 1. A new skin.