Michael Haverkamp
Birkhäuser, Basel, Switzerland, 2013, 2012, English
Design, General; Nonfiction, Product/Industrial Design
9.5 x 6.7 inches, hardcover, 448 pages, 400 color and 30 black-and-white illustrations
ISBN: 9783034607155
Suggested Retail Price: $69.95

From the Publisher. A clear and well-organized handbook that offers designers, artists, and musicians a solid foundation for their work with innovative materials that systematically incorporate all the senses.

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Ellen Lupton

Michael Haverkamp, an expert in sound design, is working to harmonize the cross-sensory driving environment at the Engineering Centre of Ford Motor Company in Cologne, Germany. His book Synesthetic Design is the most fascinating piece of design writing I've encountered in many years. Scientific yet accessible, Haverkamp’s book assesses mountains of research related to human perception to reveal correlations between the senses of sound, sight, smell, and touch. First, Haverkamp provides a useful, research-based update on the Gestalt psychology principles that most designers studied in school (grouping, common fate, figure/ground). Then, he applies these ideas from the visual realm to how we perceive sound and how we connect audio and visual input with input from the other senses.

The book’s layout, typography, and graphics, designed by Andreas Hidber, make this text a joy to read and navigate. Beautifully re-interpreted diagrams bring visual clarity to abstract concepts. Diagrams and illustrations are inserted into the text precisely where they are referenced, while elegant call-outs that summarize key points enable efficient scanning. Also included are a CD and a grid of QR codes connecting readers to a collection of sounds. This book is a must-read for any product designer, architect, interaction designer, or graphic designer seeking to understand design and the human experience.

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