We are all aware that we have five senses; sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. What people often don’t realize, is how each sense can affect your day to day life, and how much it could improve your overall happiness by increasing the exposure to multiple senses at once.
Jinsop Lee, a passionate industrial designer, talks about the importance of incorporating all your senses and how it affects your experiences. He uses an example from his time in University when he was set to create a solar powered clock. He describes his clock being similar to how sunflowers work; they track the sun through the course of the day. Whilst his clock was visually impressive, it greatly lacked the other senses.
However, his friend, Chris, created a more complex idea and used five different magnifying glasses with shot glasses underneath it. The shot glasses were each filled with different scented oil. Each morning the sun would shine down on the first magnifying glass and focus a beam of light on the shot glass and thus heating it and emitting a certain type of smell. The same process would occur a few hours later with the next magnifying glass and so on.
As a result, the idea is that Chris’s idea was more admired as it included more than one of the senses.
Jinsop Lee’s continues to discuss his theory, evaluating different experiences he had in his life from the point of view of the five senses and applying this to a ‘five senses graph’ that he devised. Jinsop Lee explains that many designers, like himself, have mainly focused on making things look good and a little bit of touch, which means they’ve ignored the other three senses. Jinsop Lee aims to apply his theory to future design ideas and hopes to inspires others to do the same.
Air Aroma understands the importance of multi sensory experiences in our daily life and it’s ability to improve the overall experience through diverse possibilities of scenting. Smell is just as important, if not more, than any other sense. Scent is often an ignored sense, despite being one of our most powerful sense when it comes to the long-term memorising of experiences, places or products.
Click here to view Jinsop Lee’s TED Talk