Gaurav Patekar

Interaction Designer at Imaginea design labs,

Gaurav Patekar

I am a Designer, and a maker, currently working as an Interaction Designer at Imaginea Design Labs in Hyderabad. I have studied New Media Design from National Instittute of Design, Ahmedabad. I am passionate about working at the interesection of Art, Design and Technology. Currently I am part of the research lab where my work involves looking at new avenues for intervention using design thinking and upcoming technologies such as Internet of things, wearables, AR/VR, etc. My areas of interest range from Interaction design to internet of things to interactive and kinetic installations. I believe in design by doing and thus most of my projects have an element of prototyping and experimentation as part of the process. For me, Interaction design and UX are not limited to screens and interfaces but are also part of everyday experiences such as opening doors, laundry and peeling vegetables.

Designing for the 'Other' Senses

18 min TED like Talk | Categeory: UX | Target Audience: People curious about the new advancements in design and technology, and wanting to incorporate elements from these in making their work more engaging.

Today more than at any other time in human history, we are creating and consuming vast amounts of information. Majority of this information disseminated is invariably dependent on sight. As a result, most of our devices today have a screen as the central element. Our understanding of designing experiences, seems to revolve around designing visual interfaces, with a recent exception of sound based interactions. But we're blessed with a few other senses apart from sight. Why not incorporate these also when designing experiences? And what kinds of unique experiences can we design with these senses involved? And how might we do that? Through this talk, we will expose the audience to the possibilities of design, incorporating other senses. These include the sense of hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Through a series of examples where these alternate senses are utilized, we will talk about why and when, designing beyond sight can add value to the overall experience. These examples will include our project and projects by other designers. We'll conclude this talk with a few pointers that can be considered when designing for experiences with consideration of other senses.

Three key takeaways

  • What is multisensorial experience design?

  • Why it makes sense to explore this paradigm as we move in to the future?

  • How we are exploring this and how some other designers are using this approach to enhance the experiences in their creations.