UniversitySchool of Visual Arts
Lead DesignerKevin Cook
Prize(s)1st Place in Outdoor And Exercise Equipment / Outdoor Lighting
Entry Description

Socialight is a phone activated table lamp for a distraction free dining experience. Always on our devices, we lose precious time with our kids, romantic partners and colleagues. The dinner table is a place for daily face to face interaction. Socialight provides a pleasant ambiance for eating while forcing users to distance themselves from their phones. Once a phone is placed on the platform, a magnetometer detects the device’s electromagnetic field and turns on the light. Contrarily, removing your phone results in darkness, further emphasizing the taboo.


Kevin Cook is a product and user-experience designer from Montreal, Canada. He is currently pursuing an MFA at the School of Visual Arts, Products of Design. He is increasingly optimistic about the convergence of physical and digital worlds, how we experience them, and the potential they have toward collective human prosperity.