Speaker: Charrisse Johnston, studioSALT
Charrisse Johnston: Hello, my name is Sherise Johnston. I am an interior designer and an educator. I teach online at two different universities in the US and in Spain. Um, I'm also the past chair of the American Society of Interior Designers ASID and the current chair of the African Institute of Interior designers, the IID because I moved from Los Angeles to Cape Town, South Africa, which is where I live right now.
Charrisse Johnston: I'm going to be giving a talk about the Neuroscience of design. It's a topic that has fascinated me since forever because I was a Behavioral Biology undergraduate major before I turned to interior design. So we're gonna be talking about how we actually perceive space beyond what it looks like and how uh the design of our spaces can affect how we feel, how we think and how we behave.
Charrisse Johnston: What am I most excited about for Gather? Well, I'm really happy to be able to see a lot of old friends who I haven't seen in a number of years now ever since I moved and I'm just as excited about meeting uh several of my students who have signed up for Gather and joined ASID for the first time and will be coming to the conference and seeing me and talking with me live.
Charrisse Johnston: I have to confess. And that is that attending conferences and such is uh not something that comes naturally to me. I am an introvert at heart and I sign up for these things because I know they're good for me. And then at the last minute I think, oh, no, I really have to go. But you know what, every single time I attend one of these wonderful events, I meet so many great people and I learn incredibly new things and I come home and I'm always so happy that I went and I start looking forward to the next one. So why am I telling you this? Because I would encourage you even though um it takes time out of your week and it requires a little bit of a financial investment, it more than pays you back because I can trace my career back directly to some of the people I met or the events I attended um at an ASID conference.