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Course module: 201400180
Multisensory Design
Course infoSchedule
Course module201400180
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact G.D.S. Ludden
dr. A. Karahanoglu
Lecturer G.D.S. Ludden
Contactperson for the course G.D.S. Ludden
Academic year2018
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning goals
After passing the course, the student can:
  • Explain the basic principles of how people perceive the world through different sensory modalities  and how they interact
  • Explain how multimodal information can influence the experience of different types of products
  • Decide in a given design situation (for example, the design of feedback in a specific product) which modality can best be used to transfer information from product to user and vice versa 
  • Translate a desired experience for a product into a design that combines information from different modalities
  • Collect and evaluate sensory stimuli fitting with a specific experience
In design, (both in design research and in practice) a lot of attention goes to the visual aspects of products. However, people experience the world around them and the products therein through all of their senses. Lately, more attention has been given to “multimodal design”, or “multisensory design”(designing for all of our modalities). To be able to design for all modalities, designers need to know how people perceive products through the different modalities, how the different modalities interact and how, in the end, a complete product experience is formed. n designing interactive products, multimodal design is likewise gaining attention (for example, by providing other than visual information while giving feedback).   In this course, theoretical knowledge about the issues above will be provided, illustrated with examples from design research and design practice. In several workshops, students will practice the design translation from desired experience to a design for all modalities. The course will end with a (group)assignment for which a case from practice will be introduced. The assignments of the groups will be presented in a presentation session.
Assumed previous knowledge
Bachelor Industrial Design / Creative Technology
Master Industrial Design Engineering
Master Interaction Technology
Required materials
Various scientific papers - available through Canvas
SENSATION - the new science of physical intelligence' Thalma Lobel
Recommended materials
Course material
'Michael Haverkamp - Synesthetic Design, Handbook for a multisensory approach
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Final Project
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes


assignment expression and presentation (30%); final design assignment and presentation (70%)

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