Thursday 30th October 2008 by C. Freeman
Year 8 students looked at the psychology of colour as part of a Design Technology project. Teacher Mr Browne outlined how different colours affect the human psyche before students were given the task of designing a mood light, using simply circuitry, wood and acrylic.
Colours are said to represent differing concepts with blue evoking peace, loyalty and trust, while green is connected with nature, youth and money. Orange and yellow are more spiritual and vibrant while red signals anger, passion and danger.
Mr Browne, a former architectural designer, explained how had previously used red when designing gyms as its psychological impact helped people perform up to 25% better on a treadmill.
Mr Browne said: 'Colours are very powerful and their effects have even filtered into our language so we say we are green with envy or feeling blue.' The students will now spend four weeks designing and making a mood light with a specific client in mind. Every Year 8 student will complete the colour light project this year as part of the DT curriculum.