Remembering The Starry Night (Skyact): Using Smartphones And Social Networking To Raise Community Awareness To Light Pollution
"Although design has traditionally been understood by society as studies of visual form, the process of design can be utilized to resolve larger socially oriented issues. This research explores the ways in which design can be an active mediator in organizing various stakeholders in the orchestration of innovative directions to support sustainable ways of living. At the center of the project is the development of SkyAct, a web-based smartphone application with the foremost goal of raising users' awareness to the issue of light pollution. By pairing smartphone technology with social networking platforms, SkyAct provided a user-oriented sustainable system, which aims to encourage the public, individually and collectively, to take action to reduce light pollution.
Furthermore, this research highlights the contemporary role of designers working in an interdisciplinary manner, engaging direct involvement of diverse stakeholders seeking alternative solutions that facilitate sustainable ways of living."