TRANSITIONING FROM FORM AND COLOR TO SENSORY ASPECTS OF DESIGN
School of Industrial Design, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
In North American undergraduate industrial design programs the curriculum frequently includes a foundation studio course introducing students to the fundamentals of form and color. This paper reports on a recent curriculum change from such a traditional Bauhaus-influenced design studio to a lecture-based course exploring aspects of multi-sensory design for product designers. The new format extends the accepted rules about form and color phenomena into a more wide-ranging study of multi-sensory product qualities. This paper presents the learning objectives, outcomes, and examples from this approach to expanding product design students’ awareness of a range of visual, tactile, auditory, olfactory, and other related design qualities.