Wednesday, 10 June 2015
By. Dahyu Patel
— Designing environments that stimulate the senses
I propose we explore sensory override environments.
One idea: a place to go for 30–60 minutes to change your mood, guaranteed. Mood boosting as a service.
So let’s do another “How might we…?” exercise!
— How might we… design environments that stimulate the senses?
- Abbreviated: HMW make an X as Y as a Z?
X Pick an environment:
— Office or school
— Coffee shop or store
— Outdoor area
— Dance floor
— Living space
— Other _________
Y Pick one or more senses:
— Looks, sounds, smells, tastes, feels as
Z Pick an example:
— Activities (flying, sex)
— Imaginary (Star Wars, The Lord of The Rings, talking dinosaurs, flying pigs)
— Animals (cat, dog, giraffe, camel, lion, parrot)
— Nature (lakes, mountains, plants, trees)
— Things (tea kettle, soft pillows, the Eiffel Tower)
— People (Bruce Lee, Socrates)
— Moods, feelings, emotions (Joy, Grief, Anger, Fear, Lust, Excitement, Surprise, Relaxation)
— Other ________
X Coffee shop
Y Looks like
Z The Lord of the Rings
How might we design a coffee shop that looks like The Lord of The Rings?
Bonus points version: a coffee shop that looks as peaceful as Rivendell?
— A bar that looks as windy as Lombard street.
— A yoga studio as loud as a dance floor.
— A car that feels like riding a camel.
— An apartment that feels like a grassy lawn
— A sacred space (ex. Church, Temple) that looks like an airplane
— A desk as relaxing as a hammock
— An office as inviting as a pool party
— A mattress as curvy as a mountain landscape
Wondering how this exercise is practical? The thesis here is novelty. Over-the-top, crazy, wild mashups attract customers, even if they are priced as luxuries, if for no other reason, than because they are novel. People are bored. Besides, loosen up — it doesn’t have to be practical. It’s funny!