chapter  14
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Visual Design: Color and Light for Well Being in Outer Space

ByIrene Lia Schlacht Henrik Birke

Irene Lia Schlacht is an Italian designer born in Milan. After various experiences and several publications on the outer space field, she is now studying for a doctorate at the Technische Universität Berlin, under Prof. M. Rötting. The doctorate’s title is ”Visual Design for Outer Space Habitability.” She earned a design masters degree in 2006 from the Politecnico di Milano; her thesis was titled “Colour Requirement in Outer Space Habitats” (Prof. D. Riccò). She was also an outer space human factor researcher at Università di Torino (Prof. M. Masali). After completing a report on outer space color design during her stage at Thales Alenia Space Italy, she directed an experiment on color perception in microgravity, taking parabolic flights with the European Space Agency (ESA) in September 2006. The goal of her research is to improve the working conditions of astronauts using design and ergonomics. Today, together with experts in several fields from several countries, including the Japanese space artist Ayako Ono, the Italian space anthropologist Prof. Melchiorre Masali, and the American Psychologist Scott Bates, she has created an outerspace research group called Cand. PhD Human Machine System, Dipl. Industrial Designer, Technische Universität Berlin, Department of Human Machine System.