Campus’ Mood Shines Through new Interactive Philips Color Kinetics Light Installation

Students at Northeastern can display their feelings though a three-dimensional LED matrix set up on the side of Ryder Hall through a voting system. Students can select red for anxious, purple for exhausted, or blue for relieved.

Students share their  feelings with the Northeastern community by voting online or by pressing one of the color-coded buttons outside of Ryder Hall. The results are displayed each night after sunset in a three-dimensional LED matrix, which is mounted on the building's façade. (Photo by Maria Amasanti http:// Northwestern)

The results are displayed each night after sunset and are composed of over 900 lights. 

Dubbed “.vote,” the display is the result of a collaboration between Philips Color Kinetics and Northeastern’s Master of Fine Arts in Information Design and Visualization, a new two-year interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts, Media, and Design in which students learn to translate and communicate information into visual, physical, and virtual forms.

The .vote project is a new instal­la­tion in Ryder Hall, com­pleted by stu­dents in Northeastern’s Infor­ma­tion Design and Visu­al­iza­tion MFA pro­gram in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Philips Color Kinetics. (Photo by Maria Amasanti http:// Northwestern)

.vote was created by six graduate students in the MFA program for a course titled “Information design for dynamic media and light.” Dietmar Offen-huber, an assistant professor of information visualization, and Susanne Seitinger, the city innovations manager for Philips Color Kinetics, co-taught the course, which aimed to demonstrate the power of outdoor lighting systems in urban settings.

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