Connection is one of the main drivers in human social behavior. A notable factor influencing our perception of connection is the paradigm shift in our culture. The way society is experiencing, learning, and socializing has changed, and that can likely be attributed to advancing technology. Over the past decade of staring at our phones, we have encountered negative mental and physical results, leading us to revert back to seeking human connection.
This thesis explores the value of multisensory design by drawing upon research and personal experience, asking and answering key questions:
Can we, as designers, shift our thinking to incorporate practices found in immersive installations into our design process? Can we create multisensory experiences to communicate specific messages? Can immersive experiences build connections?