Creating Contagious Environments

By September 15, 2015Design & Philosophy


Creating Contagious Environments

When looking into a new set design, stage setup, multiscreen arrangement, or lighting scheme, there’s a lot to consider. What’s the budget? What do we have space for? What can we reuse?

We know that we need to be authentic and intentional when creating environments, set designs, and prepping media. How do you add to this intentionality and authenticity to create contagious environments?

There are many things to consider including specifics for your particular environment. Beyond lighting, set design, and service flow, there a many items to deal with. Let’s dig into how media can help create a contagious environment.



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Environments are made with Texture

Texture is a key part in creating contagious environments when talking about environmental projection. The right texture can evoke certain emotions that transform the atmosphere of a room. A Wood Media can add warmth and vibrance to a room as a soft ballad is played. A Concrete Textures or metallic surface adds a cool element, but can also convey strength, security, and stability.

Related Article:  Combining Video and Stage Design to Create a Cohesive Environment

Find textures that evoke the emotions you want to express in order to elevate your environments from creative to contagious.

Check out these series for great textural elements.

Cathedrals-web  textures

Speed Drives an Environment’s Energy

As much as textures can evoke emotion, speed can add or remove energy. The speed of motions need to match the speed and direction of your songs and service. Use different speeds to add depth and dynamics to your service much like you achieve with music.

Check out these series for great speed elements.

Concert-Lighting-Web  VJ-club-web

You can also take the subtle approach and bring in simple movement without distraction. Check out the subtle series to find slower movement and simple motion.

Color Evokes Atmosphere

We’ve talked about color before, but its worth repeating. Color directly related to mood and emotion. Using cool colors decreases energy and brings about a more calming, peaceful environment. Where as warm colors will add energy. We’ve even experienced a psychological effect at events where folks thought it was too warm in the room, we changed the tone of the colors on lighting and videos to more blues, purples, and other cool tones and the general perception was that the room was cooler.

Related Article:  6 Tips for Your Multiscreen Setup

Check out these series for great color options.

Flat-Design-Web  geometric-shapes-fbook

Collectively, use texture, speed (or lack thereof), and colors to create contagious environments. Focusing on these three elements will allow you to take people on an intentional journey during your next service or worship event.

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Tim Southwick

Author Tim Southwick

Tim is the Brand Manager for TripleWide Media. He has 10 years experience in the event management world and has a strong desire to see visuals and media used to increase the user experience.

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