Category: LTM News
June 9, 2016

WS12 host Fjord's annual public event involved the local design community and was dedicated to the senses of taste, smell, touch, sight, and hearing. A very nice sensual experience, exploring how novel technologies can hack, mess and expand the perceptions in these domains trying to answer the question: will we be able to cheat our own human nature thanks to technology?

The invited speakers, leaders in the field of design & perception, introduced the participants to their research field highlighting the importance of linking latest technology developments to human perception:

Alastair Somerville, Acuity Design (Uk) - Designing for diversity with senses & emotions: “The transformation of humans though new technologies offers many possibilities of experiencing more as humans: in senses, in emotions, in social connections. To seize the opportunities in design, we need to understand ourselves better now. Many examples of future practice already exist but are hidden in research areas like assistive technology. Alastair will use his experience of accessibility projects and knowledge from cognition research to explain how senses and emotions may mix, play and clash in the personal use of future technologies and services. He will offer some practical frameworks on how to integrate new practice into existing work patterns and show where stress points occur in design flow.”

Daniel Ospina, Crossmodalism (Uk) - Multisensory Design and Narrative Theory: “Our brains are constantly processing a vast amount of data from our senses without us being conscious of it. Far from ignoring these stimuli, our perception of reality is determined by them. Daniel will discuss how recent advancements in psychology and neuroscience can help us design experiences and products that take full advantage of our senses and the role of storytelling and emotions in the design process.”

Greg Carley, Chaotic Moon (Us) - Human UI - The Next Era of Interaction Design: “We need to start thinking beyond the screen. Smart phones have become a remote control for our lives and we’ve become too tethered to them. This is not how we really want to interact with the world, staring at a small screen as we walk around like zombies? It’s time for designers to consider new ways to interact with the Internet of everything surrounding us. IoT has arrived with a growing focus on machine-to-machine communication, which means solving for human-to-machine communication will be even more important in this new frontier of UI design. Think Human UI, where our movements, voice, and even thoughts can cause systems to respond to us through our environment. Smart devices can play a role, but invisible & screen-less interfaces are critical for creating the best experiences.interfaces are critical for creating the best experiences.”

LTM couldn’t be missing at this special event!