Classes will be led by Professor Michael Siminovitch
DES 136A: Lighting Technology and Design
Students interested in interior design will build a lighting vocabulary and a fundamental understanding of lighting technologies. Students will take a hands-on approach in the course which includes lectures, demonstrations, and site visits.
Topics will include:
- Lighting & vision fundamentals
- Color & vision
- Lighting sources & the production of light
- Fixture technologies for creating & controlling light
- Daylighting & interiors
- Special projects & fixture design
DES 136B: Designing with Light—Industrial Design
This course introduces students to LEDs, next-generation lighting sources, and fixture design. The class includes an annual competition where students design, develop, and create prototypes of fully working LED-based luminaires. The class will be focused on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology as part of this year’s luminaire design challenge. A panel including Siminovitch, design professionals, and representatives of the competition's sponsors will evaluate the designs and select the top three.
The course involves a laboratory exploration with the goal of developing a fully working LED-based fixture design prototype. Students are given a LED source and are required to design a fixture for it. Students explore multiple solutions and are evaluated based on objective indicators, aesthetic considerations, manufacturability, and cost. The hands-on project allows students to work with a technology poised to change how homes and businesses will be lighted in the near future.
Students are asked to explore a range of lighting applications including:
- Interior sconces
- Pendant fixtures
- Stair lighting systems
- Exterior path lighting
- Exterior wall sconces
Students are directed to explore and develop distribution and fixture ideas based on the LED's unique attributes of small size, color and luminance distribution.
- Two early phases of conceptual development of different lighting ideas
- Model making and photometric testing
- Material exploration
- Applications testing
- Refined prototype construction
- Design reviews with industry and design professionals
- Photographic documentation for student portfolio