In order to do this, I run sensory audits with project stakeholders: the people who are financing it all, the people who are providing it all and the people who are expected to experience it all as visitors or consumers.
This is at core what sensory design is about. Trying to explore and discover how people use their personal sensory capacities to enrich their own experiences and how we can support that sensemaking.
I also run workshops to help people understand how important multisensory design is. It’s so easy to forget the broadness of our individual experiences when thinking about the user interface of a new app. The visual is a powerful trap for humans who are seeking patterns and meanings.
So on 22nd July, I’m starting an Indiegogo funded project to create Sensory Design Sticky Notes.
They’re a simple way of enabling people to think about and manage the sensory design issues that can be easily forgotten in prototyping, design and testing of new products and services.
I’m keeping it all quite open and simple because I think people can explore and discover meaning themselves with their teams and their stakeholders. I’m offering a new framing device to help nudge them to ask the sensory questions and identify the behaviours that are easy to fail to remember to ask or to record.
From $17 for a pack of 5 sticky note pads for our 5 core senses to $85 for a workshop pack of 5 packs, the Indiegogo is a way of enabling and embedding sensory design into any project at any stage.
If you want to know more, email me or search on Indiegogo from 22nd July for Sensory Design Sticky Notes and buy some so you can make sensory design part of your organisation's project work.