Integrating Sensitizing Labs in an Educational Design Process for Haptic Interaction


  • Cheryl Akner-Koler Professor, Konstfack
  • Parivash Ranjbar Örebro hospital & Örebro Universitet


Emneord (Nøkkelord):

vibrotactile, material, tactile, embodied study, deafblindness


New design methods for educating designers are needed to adapt the attributes of haptic interaction to fit the embodied experience of the users. This paper presents educationally framed aesthetic sensitizing labs: 1) a material-lab exploring the tactile and haptic structures of materials, 2) a vibrotactile-lab exploring actuators directly on the body and 3) a combined materials- and vibrotactile-lab embedded in materials. These labs were integrated in a design course that supports a non-linear design process for embodied explorative and experimental activities that feed into an emerging gestalt. A co-design process was developed in collaboration with researchers and users who developed positioning and communications systems for people with deafblindness. Conclusion: the labs helped to discern attributes of haptic interactions which supported designing scenarios and prototypes showing novel ways to understand and shape haptic interaction.


Cheryl Akner-Koler, Professor, Konstfack

2001-tenure Professor in Theoretical and Applied Aesthetics at Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design,  Industrial Design program,  Stockholm.

PhD (2007) from Chalmers Univeristy of Techology: School of Architecture

Parivash Ranjbar, Örebro hospital & Örebro Universitet

Parivash Ranjbar, MSc PhD, Research in technological aids for the deaf and deafblind persons. 1) Audiological Research Centre at Örebre, University Hospital at Örebro 2) Campus Alfred Nobel,  Karlskoga, Örebro University. 3)  School of health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University




Hvordan referere

Akner-Koler, C., & Ranjbar, P. (2016). Integrating Sensitizing Labs in an Educational Design Process for Haptic Interaction. FormAkademisk , 9(2).




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