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March 09, 2010

Scent in design

close up of nose by jugbo/flickr.com, available under a Creative Commons license. Details and original at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jugbo/346332691/

Designers work with just about everything -- form, function, physical materials, visual imagery, shapes, sights, and sounds. But almost no designer ever works with smells. Why is that? Are aromas too ethereal? Too hard to control? Too open to personal interpretation? Too boring?

Parsons The New School for Design(*) in New York City is looking into that issue later this month, when they host a symposium called HeadSpace: On Scent as Design. The one-day event will feature explanations of how smell works, how aroma alters our perceptions, how perfumes are made, how and why our modern environments are becoming devoid of odors, and more.

The event is free, but you have to pre-register. Here are the details and the registration page.

(*)Yes, the place really is called Parsons The New School for Design. I know, it's an odd name. But what 'ya gonna do?

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at March 9, 2010 10:54 PM

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