The UN proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light
and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015).
PhoScope is a member organization of the network
Lighting-Related Organizations (L-RO),
and L-RO is an official partner of UNESCO for IYL 2015.
PhosWords of the Year 2015 is
an open call for neologisms about light and lighting.
This competition is part of the official IYL2015 program.
We have created PhosWords for you.
PhosWords is a series of neologisms initiated by PhoScope. We reclaim the Greek etymology of light (Photo-, Phos-) to communicate about light and lighting.
The lexicon not only raises awareness about light-related disciplines, but also advances the narration of light and lighting in everyone’s daily life.
PhosWords now features about 500 words with definitions, etymological roots, synonyms and antonyms, and it is accessible as an online open source resource.
Why a Competition?
Now you too can create PhosWords.
PhosWords is an untapped source
waiting to be expanded.
We want to celebrate the International Year of Light IYL2015 with you and your PhosWords:
We invite everyone to contribute to phoslocution and to spread knowledge about phocy and phototecture.
Entries will be reviewed by a select jury of designers and writers:
jurors will be announced in the summer.
PhoScope will integrate all winning entries with PhosWords online at the end of 2015 and with the second edition in 2016.
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