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Copenhagen Institute for Interaciton Design
Sensory Design - IDP 2018

Here you will find all things project related/ references, reading materials, documentation and inspirations as well as some of the recommendations and course descriptions I have shared with you. 

Sensory Design Brief
Why who?

Design Projects

Augmentation + Sensing  |  Historical Moments
Jaron Lanier

While Jaron is the "father of Virtual Reality" and coined the term, he is also deeply passionate about sensory interactions and transporting the body to another space. He talks about post-symbolic communication, transforming himself in to a lobster and other species, mentioning that as they morph their bodies and augment their pigmentation and shape, they engage in direct communication as an expression of thought. The interesting part about Jaron is that he is not only a deep technical pioneer, he is also a philosopher and is highly critical of where internet is today. Below you will see two video of him, one from 1990 where he talks about VR through sensory exploration of the body and representation, second, his recent 2018 TED talk about the need to rethink the internet, and that although the origins and hopes of the internet were to connect human mind as a hive, we cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it's financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them.

Vannevar Bush

Vannevar is important in the history of the internet, sensing and augmentation. Bush introduced the concept of the memex during the 1930s, which he imagined as a form of memory augmentation involving a microfilm-based  "device in which an individual stores all their books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory."  He wanted the memex to emulate the way the brain links data by association rather than by indexes and traditional, hierarchical storage paradigms, and be easily accessed as "a future device for individual use ... a sort of mechanized private file and library" in the shape of a desk. The memex was also intended as a tool to study the brain itself.

His concept of memex was a hypothetical adjustable microfilm viewer with a structure analogous to that of hypertext. Consider what this means...  Just as Lanier is interested in the extension of human thought to sensory interactions, so is bush... thinking about what is to extend and broaden the human memory. He is responsible for the creation of the National Science Foundation and his 1945 article in the Atlantic "As we may think" is one of the most references and noted ideas in writing in computer science inspiring the progress and creation of hypertext, internet,  augmentation of the mind and artificial intelligence. 


Examples of Documentation Video + Photography

Since you are working with the senses, often you are thinking about a particular area of the body that can sense, such as the hand, or the mouth, or the ear.  Focusing the camera on your experience and that body part such as examples below, highlights that experience.  Note that the backgrounds and lighting is carefully chosen. 

Some may be more curated such as the one below, funky colors and focusing on the colorful products, but still looks like a curated object. 


Others may be more about the interactions and diagraming - still it is nice to have a cover shot. 


Top view interactions for navigation and for communicating space is always nice.