With the advent of new information technology what for many years has been known as the 'applicability gap' between research and design, is currently receiving attention under the heading of 'information transfer'. While rapid information retrieval systems operated by computer are becoming available, there still is insufficient understanding of the relationship between research information and the design process. While researchers might decry the architectural profession for not making use of published research information. and designers might criticise researchers for ignoring the type of information they feel they most need, effective application of environment-behaviour research in design will only be achieved by an appreciation of the reciprocal importance of research to design and design research. Central to the problem of Information transfer is Insufficient attention to the physical environment and the design process in environment-behaviour studies, a lack of research tradition in architectural education, a decreasing willingness to absorb specialist information in any detail as a student progresses through an architectural course and, in particular, insufficient reference to environment-behaviour findings, and indeed other design science research, in the criteria used by the architectural profession to evaluate what a 'good' or 'bad' building is. Bearing in mind the particular problems of research information not being in a form which architects are predisposed or readily able to use when designing, a microcomputer design research program (contextual fit in housing design), a video-disc 'building event' simulation (escape from burning buildings) and a video-disc information and educational package (on energy saving design), all developed at the School of Architecture, Portsmouth, are discussed. The visual Impact and interactive nature of these information retrieval, experiential and learning packages, enable designers and building users to begin to understand the research and design process in a way that has previously been very difficult before. The advantages and limitations of such information systems are likely to have for the future application of environmentbehaviour research in design and policy making, are outlined.