My capstone project is an interactive sensory experience based on the concepts of sensation and perception. Sensation refers to a stimulus an individual may receive, and perception is their reaction to the stimulus. I came up with an association for each different sense for the user to interact with. For the visual sense, the association was focus or dominant image. For taste, the association was genetics. For touch, the user was to consider memory. For hearing, the association was age. For smell, gender preference was considered. After performing extensive research, I wrote and designed a book that explains these concepts. The book features abstract photography that I shot and is designed to convey a feeling of kinetic energy and movement. At the end of each section, the user is prompted to interact with the stimuli pieces I included and designed packaging for.
The packaging sits in a well underneath the book well. The visual component is a small flip book that shows two double images. The taste containers hold PTC strips and control strips that test if you are a supertaster. The touch piece is a blind box that you must put your finger in to feel the contents within. The hearing pieces are three different sound modules that have different frequencies recorded on them. The two smell components contain a clove and banana scent that align with a gender preference study I discussed in the book. The exterior package is a sleeve that both the book well and packaging well fit into, with a bellyband to secure it all together. The bellyband features die cut radials that create an interesting visual effect when the bellyband slides off the package.