As I put forth on my vision page, architectural lighting design is poised for dramatic changes. Thanks to new light sources and digital control technologies, lighting can be more tightly integrated into architectural construction systems, visually dynamic and interactively responsive to human and natural stimuli then ever before. There is tremendous opportunity for architects, lighting and interior designers to break with the conventions of the past and learn totally new approaches to creating “good” lighting. As time permits, I will develop this page as a hub for education on new approaches that better support health and well-being, especially using techniques and technologies that take a holistic view towards sustainablity.
Fundamental Lighting Design Theory
I would suggest starting with my article titled “Less or Else” is Becoming a Bore, originally posted on Lam Partner’s blog and later published in Professional Lighting Design.
Here is a low-resolution PDF of the PLD article: PLD_BradKoerner_LessOrElseIsBecomingABore
I would also suggest viewing Rogier van der Heide’s TED Talk, titled Why Light Needs Darkness. Rogier is the Chief Design Officer for Philips Lighting, not to mention my boss.
Lighting Industry Innovation
The Zhaga Consortium is the long-overdue industry-wide cooperation between companies aimed at enabling the interchangeability of LED light sources (a.k.a. light bulbs) made by different manufacturers by defining interface standards (a.k.a. sockets). Zhaga has recently launched a terrific website explaining its goals, process and the standard modules the industry members are working to collaboratively define. I believe strongly that Zhaga represents the way forward for the lighting industry, and I urge you to familiarize yourself with the consortium.
Innovation in General
I wrote and published an article in Design Management Review titled Business Thinking for Designers: Bring Your Design Passion to Product Marketing. In it I urge designers to consider Product Marketing roles, or at least to assume a Product Marketing mentality, and discuss the three key ways Product Marketing Managers add value: Listening, Synthesizing, and Advocating.