My interest in color in general arose at the beginning of the semester. As you know we were told to do a project on something that interested us, and this was the first thing that came to my mind. I think it partially came from my photography. I started photo in high school and we learned only black and white, traditional photography. I now find myself in digital photography and still trying to convert them into black and white. I also find an interest in how the brain works and reacts to certain situations, (the psychology behind things) and thought that color is a really interesting and complex part of our lives. As my research went on, it’s even more complex than I initially expected.
It’s hard to document all of my research. I’m on my third book about physical, physiological, emotional, and mood alerting abilities of colors themselves. Not only color, but color combined with the study of light, (referred to in some places as lumia-the art of light). There is a ton of information out there on the study of color, and the study of light
Below are a few websites, some that you’ve already seen, that can be of some help in explaining where I’m going. There’s some information on the type of research that I’m also doing in books, because I trust printed books more than I trust some of the websites that I’ve found.
http://www.diacenter.org/hiller/ (art-previously viewed “dream screens”)
http://www.diacenter.org/simmons/ (art-previously viewed)
I plan on creating a website for a combination of color and light therapy. There are color aspects and light aspects that can effect, change, and enhance a persons mood, energy level, alertness, etc. I find it interesting that this is even possible, and though I’m not a doctor, I’d like to create a website of my findings that can be almost like a diagnosis center for current issues or moods that people are in. If they want to enhance their current disposition, than they can choose a route that enhances their current state. If they are looking to reverse their current state of mind or mood, they will also be able to choose to go that direction. Like we spoke about before, I’m thinking of doing a short questionnaire at the beginning of the website, which asks them questions about how they are feeling and where they would like to go, and depending on their answers, they will be brought to a final “place” of color and light therapy to treat them.
I somewhat already described this above, but my method of communication in this project will be through the internet. I feel that putting something like this up on the internet could potentially make this an easy accessible source of therapy. Of course, it all comes down to the fact that I need enough information and research on color and light therapy for it to make an impact on a viewer so that they feel the need and want to come back and try another time to change their mood. The way that I’m planning on combining color and light is by creating a rhythm, pattern, a movement that appropriately enhances the effects of that certain amount of light and certain amount of color which can change or enhance a persons current state.
Week 1 (this week) and Week 2 (March 1-7): Create Initial home page, overall look for page(s) including typeface, grid used, size of page, etc. How many colors I use will be decided on and which effects each will have. Create network of where questions will be going and where they will end up taking the viewer.
Week 3 (March 8-14): Make rollovers (if I decide to use them over the text and questions) and start making the question pages. These should be done by this week and have all routes for possible outcomes finished. Simple, open, and non-altering colors, questions and directions used.
Week 4 (March 15-21): Start creating the specific color and light “therapy’s” that the viewer will be experiencing. Finish at least two so that the reviewed version of the webpage for classmates will have two different types of destinations so they have an idea of where I’m going.
Week 5 (March 22-28): Prepare web page with all of completed information to show group. Have working links and pages to show progress and direction of page. Still working on “therapy’s” during this process.
Week 6 (March 29-April 4): Complete three more therapy’s this week. Make sure web page is currently cohesive and going in the right direction.
Week 7 (April 5-11): Finish any remaining colors to be addressed, seek help through meetings with Sarah or classmates to discuss completion of project.
Week 8 (April 12-18): All connected pages are finished this week and linked.
Week 9 (April 19-25): This week will be used to finish and resolve any problems or variations that may arise on the web page. Typos, linking issues, wording problems, etc will be addressed and worked on.
Week 10 (April 26-May 2): Project is completed! All problems and kinks are worked out and a complete and successful web page is finished!