Making More of Ourselves - Sensory & Multimodal UX with Alastair Somerville

Start Date: 
Mar 12, 2014
Event Time: 
2:00PM - 5:30PM
200 Portland St
Contact Information
Willa Crolius
(617) 259 1655

Coming to IHCD straight from South by Southwest Making More of Ourselves is an activity-based provocation about our addiction to the visual and how it is other senses, like touch, smell and hearing, that are key to designing the future of multimodal user experiences for wearable technologies and more.

People will learn the complexities of our senses, how they interact and how they work to deliver emotion and information.

Working in small teams, people will communicate thru touch, learn about ideas of sensory substitution and augmentation and discuss the potential of future products or services using all our senses

Split into two workshop sessions with a final open discussion, this event uses play to build knowledge and creates new personal experiences for researchers, designers, UX specialists and artists.

ticket are 25$ buy your ticket here

Session are :

1) Introduction to Multimodal UX - how senses interact and ideas of accessibility. Practical exercise on communicating through touch.

2) Metaphor and meaning - understanding personal, social and cross-cultural meaning of symbols and gestures. Practical exercise in gestural communication.

3) Sensory Substitution - learning about the current state of technologies and their utility in general user experience. Practical exercise in using sensory substitution app.

4) Sensory Augmentation - the possibilities of enhanced information and senses through innovative products and services. Practical session on imagining future devices and services.


Alastair Somerville is an accessible communication consultant. Working with clients, including the Science Museum London, BBC, and Scottish Parliament, he has developed new technologies and techniques for making information more available and comprehensible by people with both physical and cognitive impairments. Using 3D printing, tactile printing systems and Near Field Communication technology, his work is used in museums and schools in the UK and USA. He works with universities on sensory cognition and he specialises in tactile design and haptic comprehension. He has provided workshops on sensory user experience in London, Cambridge and Bristol.

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