Colloquium announcement

Faculty of Engineering Technology

Department Design, Production and Management
Master programme Industrial Design Engineering

As part of his / her masterassignment

Merlijn Smits

will hold a speech entitled:

Lighting solutions for the improvement of millennials' momentary feelings of privacy to contribute to their well-being

RoomHorst N-109


Design has great potential to shape our lives. A designer can make use of this to improve the well-being of users and by that contribute to the happiness in the world. Positive design is one of the multiple design frameworks that tries to encourage designers to put design for well-being into practice.  During this design project, the positive design framework has been followed critically to develop lighting solutions that try to contribute to the well-being of their users. Lighting for well-being is covered by the concept human centric lighting. It is lighting that goes beyond functional illumination, by considering lighting’s emotional and biological consequences. This project has implemented human centric lighting to improve the feeling of privacy of individuals. Moments of privacy help to recover from the ongoing stimuli of society. Those stimuli result in mental disease for at least one third of our Western society’s population. Research has been done to understand how privacy could optimally improve people’s well-being. Desk research, market research and user research, interviews, cultural probes, and co-creation sessions, into the feeling of privacy of individuals- millennials- illustrate that privacy greatly depends on the situation that the individual is in. This situation affects the function and state of privacy. Lighting could positively contribute to the situation’s ability to generate the right circumstances to obtain a moment of privacy. The design process resulted in a light curtain that could improve the feeling of privacy, and thereby the well-being of individuals. The light curtain has been evaluated with users to understand its ability to improve users’ short- and long-term well-being.