Universal Display Corporation (UDC), a leading developer of organic light emitting device (OLED) technologies for flat panel displays, lighting and other opto-electronic applications, announced today that it will present a collection of new design concepts for “PORTABLE LIGHT” at Wired’s NextFest in San Francisco, May 14th to 16th. This exhibit will show the work of students from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design who participated in the Soft Design Studio, taught by Professor Sheila Kennedy and sponsored by Universal Display.
The “PORTABLE LIGHT” exhibit will feature designs that demonstrate how OLED technology can be integrated into textiles and architectural building materials. In Professor Kennedy’s design studio, Harvard students worked with Universal Display’s proprietary flexible and transparent OLED technologies and proposed value propositions for new material application concepts based upon the performance features of Universal Display’s proprietary OLED technologies. Six design concepts will be unveiled in the Design tent at Wired’s NextFest at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion in San Francisco.
Universal Display’s high-efficiency, phosphorescent OLED (PHOLED) technology is believed critical for the development of energy-efficient, solid-state OLED lighting products. The Company’s flexible OLED (FOLED) and transparent OLED (TOLED) technologies also provide new design opportunities for the next generation of architects and designers who may define better ways of using light.
“The adoption of new technology can be tremendously stimulated by engaging our leading academic institutions,” stated Julie Brown, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Universal Display. “Our collaboration with Sheila Kennedy and her group of students at Harvard University School of Design is a great example of industry and academia working together to shape tomorrow through the combination of new technology and design innovation.”
“OLED technology is creating a new convergence of lighting and information. This creates significant opportunities to integrate energy efficient lighting and media in architecture and the experience of every day life,” stated Sheila Kennedy, Professor of Architecture at the Harvard Design School and a Principal at Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd. “Working with Universal Display has been an excellent way for our Design Studio to explore some of the exciting design possibilities presented by Universal Display’s impressive portfolio of OLED technologies.”