I am a student of Design, Light and Life.
I am Bert Maas (21 years old). I am a Industrial Design Master student at the Technical University Eindhoven. My interests are very broad but my focus is on lighting design, interaction design and the psychology behind the two. Over the past few years I have done many project in many different design fields (see portfolio) and in between my University semesters I have worked as Assistant Lighting Architect at Har Hollands Licht Architect. Over the course of my study I have had so many talks with interesting people that had interesting insights and expertise in different fields of design. The broad range of the different visions, opinions and insights of the designers around me inspired me to start Musing Design.
This is the era of digitalization. The era of rapid development on all things technical; including design. This exponential growing pace of progress however doesn’t apply to lighting design. Lighting technology is outgrowing lighting design in certain fields. We have new lights that last longer, use less energy and are able to change colour on demand; but we never really implemented them in our daily lives. How do we control all these new variables that come with the progress in lighting technology? How does the user fit into all this?
I see light as a fundamental expression of space. It not only distinguishes the architecture/furniture but provides an emotional impact. Our lights mimic nature. We have portable suns that we can use whenever we want to. The impact of lighting on daily life is huge even though lighting interaction still struggles to surpass the original light switch. It is our job as lighting designers to use the scientific and technological progress to realize products based on the two most important factors in lighting: Functionality and Psychological Impact. The products should be the bridge between the users (society) and the technology.
A good example is the current cinema lighting. The lighting is functional and allows everyone to find their seats. The lighting temperature is warm to provide a comfortable ambiance and finally dims down once the movie is about to start and effectively makes the crowd quiet down. It combines functionality with psychology. This works because the users recognize the pattern. There is no tactile interaction between the cinema crowd and the lighting, but it works nonetheless.