Jennifer Tomkins – The Role of colour in a saturated world
Colours were already grabbing and directing our attention 500,000 years ago when, as hunter-gatherers, spotting a brightly coloured flower indicated fertile land. Now most people live in environments which are saturated with colour. In this context the effects of colour on people are changing.
LED technologies allow us to create endlessly with coloured light. But just because we can, does it mean we should? Human perception of colour begins with light, but our experience of it is sociocultural. As the ‘attention economy’ grows, what will the role of colour be in saturated multicultural 24-hour cities and pixel-based worlds?
Jennifer Tomkins recently graduated from the Politecnico di Milano with a Master’s Degree in Lighting Design & LED Technology. Since April 2018, she has been working for Nulty+ in London.
Before aiming for a career in lighting, Jennifer studied English Literature in Liverpool and worked as a Director for Communication and Head of Marketing, which involved developing and evaluating PR, marketing, and fund-raising strategies.
Sangil Na – Lighting design for interplanetary environment
According to the lifespan of the earth, rapid global warming and the growth of the world’s population, it is urgent that we study the interplanetary environment. For us, as lighting designers, we may well be faced with crucial tasks to support the astronauts who are required to spend long periods of time in a spaceship to reach other planets and support the first settlers on planets such as Mars. These tasks would address psychological and physiological issues what we can help treat through lighting: for example, restructuring their circadian rhythm so they can adapt to life in space in extreme environments, or supporting the mental health of humans through the illumination of their habitats on other planets.
The concurrent study on how to improve lighting design in extreme environments on earth will also be beneficial to our mission for Mars. These include underground spaces, long-distance flights, night-shift workers, and the impact light can have on seasonal affective disorder.
Sangil Na holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design from Kyonggi University, South Korea and recently graduated from Wismar University of Applied Sciences with a Master of Architectural Lighting Design. He has been working as a freelance designer since 2011, as well as working as a lighting designer for Vermillion Co., Ltd. and The Flaming Beacon in Australia. He participated in exhibitions during the Seoul Design Festival and in the Seoul Tourism Souvenir Contest, and recently gave a special lecture at Kyonggi University.
Valeriia Molodovskaya & Valeria Lukinskaya – Design project of wearable accessories using energy-efficient technologies
The purpose of the work is the creation of a design concept for energy-efficient accessories and prototyping based on an autonomous wearable device that combines innovative material and modern components. The main feature of this device is that the autonomous module does not need an additional energy source except for the internal energy generated by the human body – movement, heat, pressure and external incoming energy – light, average temperature, wind. The main function of the developed wearable device is expressed in monitoring the health of the consumer.
Valeriia Molodovskaya studied Design at Saratov Art College from 2001 to 2004. Afterwards, she completed a Bachelor degree course in History of Art at Saratov State University. Alongside her studies she worked as an Interior Designer and Urban Planner. Between 2016 and 2018, she completed her Master’s degree in Lighting Design at the School of Lighting Design at ITMO University.
Valeriia Lukinskaya holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Graphics from ITMO University, Department of Engineering and Computer Graphics, and a Master’s degree in Lighting Design from ITMO University, Department of Laser and Lighting Engineering, School of Lighting Design. Valeriia was part of an internship exchange with Aalborg University from March to April 2018.