U9 – From Visual Perception Towards Multisensory Experience

We handed in our final year dissertation as part of our Unit 8 and Unit 9 Context work on Tuesday.

Handing-In-Day

During the context period, I looked at perception and how it would be possible to take it further than through visual impact and involve the user.

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The design copy for my dissertation From Visual Perception Towards Multisensory Experience consists in a format that separates text and images from each other. My dissertation is about perception through the five senses and the user’s awareness and interaction with it, which is integrated as much as possible into the design process.

The text is set on A4 to create a familiar environment. To contrast this, the text itself is only in a small part of the page in three columns while the margins are kept clear to make the user aware of the page and the environment around the text. The images are printed on a variaton of transparent and translucent material to encourage the user to interact with it as the images are only visible if lifted or isolated from the other pages. While the beginning and the end of the dissertation are handbound with coptic binding making them easily open and readable, the inside around the case studies are blocked by the images and don’t open flat. The user needs to hold the pages and intervene in order to be able to read the pages. The irriation this creates makes the user aware of their movements and what they are/have to do to read through the pages.
The design of my dissertation is made to make the reader aware of what they are doing instead of making the process as visual as possible. The user need to stop, sit down and interact with the pages to get a sense of what is being communicated to them.

See the full project on Behance.

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