Colour plays a central role in design. In the field of medicine, colours tend to be more subdued. The spectrum of devices and products still ranges from clinical white to pastel green and soothing blue. However, since some devices are no longer used by professional staff alone, but can be used and operated by patients at home, there has also been a change in colour in UX design. How colours are perceived and how they influence one’s own well-being goes far beyond the narrow field of medical product design.
Currently, the international conference of the Deutsches Farbenzentrum e. V. – Zentralinstitut für Farbe in Wissenschaft und Gestaltung (German Colour Centre – Central Institute for Colour in Science and Design), based at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal and the HTWK Hildesheim, is taking place on the topic of “Colour and Health” from 25 to 26 August at the Humboldt University in Berlin, focusing on the search for strategies for sustainable design of a healthy environment worth living in. The first part of the conference will discuss how colours in nature and architecture can influence human health and well-being. Specifically, the focus will be on colour as a design tool for needs-oriented sustainable architecture and on the connection between light and health. The second part will focus on forward-looking strategies in dealing with colour materials, products and lighting solutions. Lectures and discussions will focus on biophilic design, algae as a resource for the future and how bio-based materials open up a new relationship to aesthetics in design. Parallel to the lectures in the main hall, there will be the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops.
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