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Macro UX- Launch - Week 13

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

Week 13: Macro UX, Fjord

Fjord Brief: Design a way to enhance working life using light

Team: Aarushi, Melanie, Lee and Yuki


The first week of Macro UX was all about understanding the brief deeply and then we researched about working life, the basic properties and effects of light on human beings physically, psychologically and subconsciously.


We decided to start the design process by doing initial research by following two research methods: literature review and artifact analysis. All of us looked at different journals/books to research on various aspects of light. I mostly focused on the psychological aspects of light and colour on the human mind and body.


Literature Review:


Light has biological and psychological effects that impact the health and wellbeing of humans. It can improve or disrupt our sleep, cognition, mood and overall wellbeing. The author describes in one of the readings that when people are exposed to a new environment, they tend to cognitively try to find a match in their memory that fits the environment. This is where light can come in, it can be used to highlight elements, spaces, paintings, textures etc. that people may find familiar (Kaplan, 2013).


The author talks about Circadian rhythm in another article, which is our internal clock that impacts our sleep cycle and influences melatonin secretion. Melatonin is affected by different lights, such as blue light suppresses levels of melatonin and helps us stay awake and alert whereas red light increases levels of melatonin helping our bodies to get ready for bed. Light therapy is a common treatment method for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Its purpose is to mimic natural light outside, therefore the person is exposed to bright light within the first hour of waking up every day (Hjetland et al., 2020).


Picture credit: Verywell Minds


Artifact analysis:

1. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013

2. Installation view, 'Mary Corse: A Survey in Light', Whitney Museum of American Art. Courtesy Whitney Museum of AmericanArt. Photograph by Ron Amstutz.

Kusama transformed the intense repetition of her earlier paintings and works on paper into a perceptual experience. She attempts to create hallucinatory scenes by use of repetitive mirrors and create an interactive experience for the viewer, where he feels like part of the installation.


On the other hand, Corse creates art that requires the viewer’s presence. Her art makes the experience of time felt through the viewers' movements and different people perceive it differently. She beautifully plays with negative and positive space in some of her work.


We studied different artists and installations related to light in different spaces. That gave us a better idea, how innovatively lights were being used in various art forms.


Feedback:


The feedback we got on this presentation suggested further research on human behaviour and how a human reacts in different types/colours and settings of light in an environment by conducting some experiments.

Also, one of the good insights was to look at the light present in different forms in nature around us. We would be moving ahead in the project by considering this apt feedback.


Reference:

Hjetland, G., Pallesen, S., Thun, E., Kolberg, E., Nordhus, I. and Flo, E., 2020. Light interventions and sleep, circadian, behavioural, and psychological disturbances in dementia: A systematic review of methods and outcomes.Sleep Medicine Reviews, 52, p.101310.


Kaplan, L. (2013). The Psychological Impact of Light and Color. Digital Communications and Networks.


Bibliography:

Ashoori, M., K.E. Bellamy, R. and D. Weisz, J. (2015). Creating the Mood: Design for a Cognitive Meeting Room. CHI EA '15: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp.2001-2006.


Ishii, H., Wisneski, C., Brave, S., Dahley, A., Gorbet, M., Ullmer, B. and Yarin, P. (1998). ambient ROOM: Integrating Ambient Media with Architectural Space. Conference Summary of CHI '98, April 18-23, 1998.


Hjetland, G., Pallesen, S., Thun, E., Kolberg, E., Nordhus, I. and Flo, E., 2020. Light interventions and sleep, circadian, behavioural, and psychological disturbances in dementia: A systematic review of methods and outcomes.Sleep Medicine Reviews, 52, p.101310.


Kaplan, L. (2013). The Psychological Impact of Light and Color. Digital Communications and Networks.


Khan, L. (2017). Visible light communication: Applications, architecture, standardization and research challenges. Digital Communications and Networks, 3(2), pp.78-88.

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