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Ultralight Beam

Ultralight Beam

Ultralight Beam

Ultralight Beam 

Ultralight Beam

A product meant to improve low mood states through light therapy. It was designed to enhance human emotion patterns and complement existing light sources by introducing ambient lighting. The final deliverables consist of two parts—a physical product and a mobile application.

A product meant to improve low mood states through light therapy. It was designed to enhance human emotion patterns and complement existing light sources by introducing ambient lighting. The final deliverables consist of two parts—a physical product and a mobile application.

A product meant to improve low mood states through light therapy. It was designed to enhance human emotion patterns and complement existing light sources by introducing ambient lighting. The final deliverables consist of two parts—a physical product and a mobile application.

A product meant to improve low mood states through light therapy. It was designed to enhance human emotion patterns and complement existing light sources by introducing ambient lighting. The final deliverables consist of two parts—a physical product and a mobile application.

Duration

Duration

Duration

8 Months, 2016-2017

8 Months, 2016-2017

8 Months, 2016-2017

Role

Role

Role

Product Designer
Industrial Designer 

Product Designer
Industrial Designer 

Product Designer
Industrial Designer 

Tools

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Tools

Adobe Creative Cloud
Sketch + Principle
Photography
Laser Cutter

Adobe Creative Cloud
Sketch + Principle
Photography
Laser Cutter

Adobe Creative Cloud
Sketch + Principle
Photography
Laser Cutter

Adobe Creative Cloud
Sketch + Principle
Photography
Laser Cutter

Interested in how this project was created?

Interested in how this project was created?

Defining the Problem

How does light
      affect your emotions?

How does light
      affect your emotions?

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Problem

Problem

The discussion surrounding mental health has been rapidly increasing over the last few years. Many studies have been conducted to determine what hurts mental health and what common attributes are associated with each individual.

The discussion surrounding mental health has been rapidly increasing over the last few years. Many studies have been conducted to determine what hurts mental health and what common attributes are associated with each individual.

Proposed Solution

While there is not a single solution that can solve all the problems that surround mental health issues, this project focuses on targeting an aspect of the problem by introducing light and colour therapy in common spaces where individuals with negative mental health may be present.

While there is not a single solution that can solve all the problems that surround mental health issues, this project focuses on targeting an aspect of the problem by introducing light and colour therapy in common spaces where individuals with negative mental health may be present.

RESEARCH

RESEARCH

What do we
        know about light?

What do we
        know about light?

To determine how light can be used in spaces to help boost energy and increase optimism, we contrast three components and determine how they are linked to how humans interpret light.

To determine how light can be used in spaces to help boost energy and increase optimism, we contrast three components and determine how they are linked to how humans interpret light.

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Spatial Surrounding and Architecture

Spatial Surrounding and Architecture

Spatial Surrounding and Architecture

Lighting plays a key part in how a person encompasses space and how it influences their emotional connection with that certain area. In architecture, when light and space are integrated, it helps create an atmosphere.

Lighting plays a key part in how a person encompasses space and how it influences their emotional connection with that certain area. In architecture, when light and space are integrated, it helps create an atmosphere.

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Design, Colour and Emotions

Design, Colour and Emotions

Colour can be used to enhance emotions with its various hues, intensities, textures, and opacities. Different forms of lights can help shape space into a distinct atmosphere.

Colour can be used to enhance emotions with its various hues, intensities, textures, and opacities. Different forms of lights can help shape space into a distinct atmosphere.

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Natural Light and ‘Hygge’

Natural Light and ‘Hygge’

Sunlight helps the body create serotonin, which is a hormone released by the brain to help the body feel more calm, relaxed and focused. Hygge is a Danish word that roughly translates to the atmospheric presence of feeling warm and cosy.

Sunlight helps the body create serotonin, which is a hormone released by the brain to help the body feel more calm, relaxed and focused. Hygge is a Danish word that roughly translates to the atmospheric presence of feeling warm and cosy.

To prove that these areas had some significant impact on emotions, I conducted two spacial design experiments that looked at different components of the research. These experiments include Neon Love and Geometric Projection.

To prove that these areas had some significant impact on emotions, I conducted two spacial design experiments that looked at different components of the research. These experiments include Neon Love and Geometric Projection.

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Ideation

Imagining the Product

Imagining the Product

Initial Sketches

Initial Sketches

When brainstorming about what the project would look like, I sketched a few concepts of a ‘lightbox’ where the outcome could be a wall installation or a portable object.

When brainstorming about what the project would look like, I sketched a few concepts of a ‘lightbox’ where the outcome could be a wall installation or a portable object.

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Sketches

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."

—Hans Hofmann

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."

—Hans Hofmann

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Wireframing

Wireframing

To control the lightbox, I sketched a mobile application and it included concepts learned from the research stage. The initial concept for the app looked at how certain colours were associated with different emotions. Continuous use of similar colours and patterns could suggest light options through behavioural learning.

Before coming up with the final deliverable, the app went through four different versions before being finalized.

To control the lightbox, I sketched a mobile application and it included concepts learned from the research stage. The initial concept for the app looked at how certain colours were associated with different emotions. Continuous use of similar colours and patterns could suggest light options through behavioural learning.

Before coming up with the final deliverable, the app went through four different versions before being finalized.

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Branding

The Visual Identity

The Visual Identity

When creating the branding, importance is placed on a consistent visual language. This ensures that the brand maintains continuity when it is applied to both the lightbox and the mobile app.

When creating the branding, importance is placed on a consistent visual language. This ensures that the brand maintains continuity when it is applied to both the lightbox and the mobile app.

When creating the branding, importance is placed on a consistent visual language. This ensures that the brand maintains continuity when it is applied to both the lightbox and the mobile app.

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Wordmark

Typeface

The typeface used to create the visual identity is Sofia Pro Bold. A geometric sans serif is used to compliment the modern feel of the lightbox without feeling intrusive.

The typeface used to create the visual identity is Sofia Pro Bold.

A geometric sans serif is used to compliment the modern feel of the lightbox without feeling intrusive.

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Symbol

Symbol

The logo consists of three single bars that represent light beams, it was with a minimalistic modern look to go unnoticed.

The logo consists of three single bars that represent light beams, it was with a minimalistic modern look to go unnoticed.

The logo consists of three single bars that represent light beams, it was with a minimalistic modern look to go unnoticed.

Physical Product

Presenting the Lightbox

Presenting the Lightbox

The Lightbox is crafted using ultra-gloss black acrylic sheets for the side, frosted glass at the top, and multicoloured LED light bulbs inside.

The Lightbox is crafted using ultra-gloss black acrylic sheets for the side, frosted glass at the top, and multicoloured LED light bulbs inside.

The Lightbox is crafted using ultra-gloss black acrylic sheets for the side, frosted glass at the top, and multicoloured LED light bulbs inside.

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Designed to feel unintrusive

Designed to feel unintrusive

When the lights are off, the lightbox has a modern feel that works with existing furniture. The shape is a minimalistic rectangle with an angled top. This allows the top to be seen from various angles.

When the lights are off, the lightbox has a modern feel that works with existing furniture. The shape is a minimalistic rectangle with an angled top. This allows the top to be seen from various angles.

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Lights on. Feel the emotion.

Lights on. Feel the emotion.

During the night, the body of the lightbox blends in with the darkness. The glass panel emits colourful lights that transforms the space. It is not meant to replace a traditional light source, but add ambience to its existing location.

During the night, the body of the lightbox blends in with the darkness. The glass panel emits colourful lights that transforms the space. It is not meant to replace a traditional light source, but add ambience to its existing location.

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Mobile App

Changes based on
your own moods.

Changes based on your own moods.

The app takes an approach that follows the iOS user interface guidelines. The final version improves on the previous iterations and introduces a flow that allows users to get to their desired locations quicker.

The app takes an approach that follows the iOS user interface guidelines. The final version improves on the previous iterations and introduces a flow that allows users to get to their desired locations quicker.

The app takes an approach that follows the iOS user interface guidelines. The final version improves on the previous iterations and introduces a flow that allows users to get to their desired locations quicker.

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Pick what you feel. Simpler.

Pick what you feel. Simpler.

Pick what you feel. Simpler.

Designed with simplicity in mind, the app lets you set your mood in the least amount of steps possible. To complement the product, the interfaces uses colours, negative space, and structure to mimic the output of the Lightbox.

Designed with simplicity in mind, the app lets you set your mood in the least amount of steps possible. To complement the product, the interfaces uses colours, negative space, and structure to mimic the output of the Lightbox.

Designed with simplicity in mind, the app lets you set your mood in the least amount of steps possible. To complement the product, the interfaces uses colours, negative space, and structure to mimic the output of the Lightbox.

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Dashboard

Dashboard

Shows a quick glance at the scene that is currently on display. There is an option to quickly toggle to recommended scenes based on the time of day and the weather conditions.

Shows a quick glance at the scene that is currently on display. There is an option to quickly toggle to recommended scenes based on the time of day and the weather conditions.

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Customize

Customize

Creating your own scene is super easy— select your colours, the transition and add a name! All the effects can be previewed in real time.

Creating your own scene is super easy— select your colours, the transition and add a name! All the effects can be previewed in real time.

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Favourites

Favourites

A list of various presets are displayed based on the user’s creations or shared scenes from other users.

A list of various presets are displayed based on the user’s creations or shared scenes from other users.

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Statistics

Statistics

Get data about what scenes you use and how it affected you. Seeing similar trends or anomalies can help pinpoint how light helps the user’s mental health.

Get data about what scenes you use and how it affected you. Seeing similar trends or anomalies can help pinpoint how light helps the user’s mental health.

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Settings

Settings

Easily manage and integrate your devices in your settings app. You can have multiple devices in different rooms and easily control them from the settings pages! 

Easily manage and integrate your devices in your settings app. You can have multiple devices in different rooms and easily control them from the settings pages! 

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Say Hello!
Let's create something beautiful together.

Say Hello!
Let's create something beautiful together.