A reflection model for sensing and development of experience

DS 76: Proceedings of E&PDE 2013, the 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Dublin, Ireland, 05-06.09.2013

Year: 2013
Editor: John Lawlor, Ger Reilly, Robert Simpson, Michael Ring, Ahmed Kovacevic, Mark McGrath, William Ion, David Tormey, Erik Bohemia, Chris McMahon, Brian Parkinson
Author: Thomsen, Bente Dahl; Chraudin, Marianna
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Aalborg University, Denmark
Section: Reflection
Page(s): 760-765
ISBN: 978-1-904670-42-1


Many students are unaware of the importance of addressing the somatic sensation in the design process. This is a problem, as the aesthetic effects of products are optimally detected by both mind comprehension and somatic comprehension. However, there has been growing interest in the somatic approach, because as Jon Hewitt states, it is the designers' aim to engage as many senses as possible in order to be aware of a product's character and aesthetics. With the aim of drawing the students' attention to the role of somatic comprehension in the form-generating processes, we have tried out our "reflection model for sensing and development of experience". After each project the model can also be used to encourage the students to be aware of which internal and external realizations the project raised as part of their learning process. Testing of the model yielded a surprising lateral result as it revealed which project groups had worked well and the reasons why other groups had been oppress by lack of common expectations for their project work and common intentions for the project.

Keywords: Reflection model, somatic comprehension, atmosphere, form-creating, aesthetics


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