Colour and light in Design - levels of experiencing colour and light

Ulf Klarén, Harald Arnkil, Karin Fridell Anter

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    In our designed culture, every environment, object and picture is analyzed from the viewpoint of colour and light. Colour and light play an important role in social life and culture. This paper springs from an epistemological project about concept formation in the field of colour and light. Based on own observations and scientific and scholarly references it presents a graphic model describing possible constituent relations between colour and light experiences. Design is the art of using knowledge – implicit or explicit – about how humans perceive, experience, and relate to the world around. In design all senses are involved, but when dealing with colour and light we can confine ourselves to vision; designers must understand the conditions of visual perception. Human experience of colour and light has many sources; the given cultural context (conventional meanings of colour and light), the direct experience of the world around (colour and light expressions) and the basic perceptual functions (formal aspects of colour and light). There is need for distinct concepts and concise approaches to understand coherence of aesthetic and functional expressions. Design education calls for coherent and well defined structures that can be used to describe connections and distinctions between experiences of different kinds.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference for Design Education DRS Cumulus Oslo
    Place of PublicationOslo, Norway
    PublisherDRS Cumulus Oslo
    ISBN (Print)978-82-93298-00-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventInternational Conference for Design Education Researchers - Oslo, Norway
    Duration: 14 May 201317 May 2013
    Conference number: 2


    ConferenceInternational Conference for Design Education Researchers
    Abbreviated titleDRS


    • Colour
    • Light
    • Experience
    • Perception
    • Concept
    • Philosophy


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