Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Take a Break: Create a design, item or experience that engages the five senses/Animation fun

Another take a break inspired by TED. This time it was watching Jinsop Lee’s talk Design for all 5 senses. 

He makes an excellent point that those experiences, such as sex, which engage all five senses (sight, touch, smell, sound and taste) are the most intense and memorable. His message is that if you want your design to be remembered, include as many of the senses as you can. So, today’s “take a break” is all about creating a design, item or experience, that you use in your everyday life, that could be improved if they included more of your senses.

Lee talks about a toothbrush that is candy flavored that as it starts to loose its flavor, you’ll know it’s time to replace it. I wasn’t wild about that product idea. Since I use an electric tooth brush, I pretty much have all senses involved, with one exception. I don’t really see the toothbrush once I start brushing. Maybe I’d enjoy brushing more if the toothbrush projected some sort of simple puzzle that should take two minutes to solve (the length of time you are suppose to brush). As the brush head starts loosing its potency, the projected image starts to fade.

Food is an easy area for meeting the five senses. There’s nothing unusual about a “finger food” buffet-requires no eating utensils. But what if it’s a buffet of items that guests are required to eat as if they were at home and no one was looking. For example, chili is served with nacho style chips only. You smell (1) the aroma of the chili before you even see it (2). As the chip touches your lips (3), you start to taste it (4), followed by the sound of your teeth crunching on the chip (5). What about chocolate chip cookie dough that you only eat with your fingers? Huh, as I write this, I realize how much more I enjoy food when I’m snacking on it in the kitchen versus sitting down for a meal.
Post some of your ideas.

Now for something in the animation realm. Check out the following:

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