Creating a 5 Senses Toolkit to store and explore important experiences that appeal to the senses.
I thought a lot about how I want to store my samples and present them to my audience. I thought of having a physical box as well as a digital library for the rest of the samples. However, I felt that I wanted something that I could access from anywhere and at anytime. So, I decided to create a website that accurately depicts how I feel about each of my experiences.
The word “toolkit” really stuck with me. I want this to be a tool for myself and thought, how can I make this feel like a set of digital tools. Because I’m a very visual person, I felt that organizing my scents with a collaged face. The aesthetic I chose was very scrapbooky because I wanted it to feel like I was accessing my journal.
I simply began documenting senses in my sketchbook that I carry around with me. I kept a running list the past few weeks. I usually would observe an experience and think how does this effect me emotionally? and what does it make me feel? If I felt that the experience evoked enough emotion, I would add it to my list. Looking over my list, I observed that I would usually select senses that I experienced on a regular basis.
My next step was writing about each of my senses and experiences. I began this google doc a couple weeks ago to document my emotions/stories when I had time. I struggled with how I should express myself here, but I eventually chose to treat it like a journal. After all I was exploring my emotions and memories.
To do a little research on how to express myself, I explored Byredo’s website. I noticed that while they did talk a little about the actual scents in the explanation, they focused on what it would make the customer feel:
“Mojave Ghost is a woody composition inspired by the soulful beauty of the Mojave Desert. In this xeric wilderness, rare are the plants that dare to blossom. With a light and graceful character top notes of musky Ambrette combine with fresh Jamaican Nesberry. Powdery Violet then unfurls to reveal Sandalwood. Finally warm Chantilly Musk rounds out a base of crisp Amber and Cedar wood, leaving the raw spirit of Mojave Ghost to linger on the skin.“
They talk about being in the dessert, surrounded by its wilderness. It brings on a “raw spirit” that still maintains its lightness and gracefulness…
Because I wanted to create a more "tangible" feel to my website, I cut/painted/scanned in all the individual pieces.
It was very important that this experience was interactive so that the audience feel's like they are exploring my personal journal.
The font is my personal handwriting, so with this, I want the words to feel like actual journal entries.
Each page has a unique collage-like design with either picture/audio/video samples to help convey the emotions I discuss in the passages.
While there are a few adjustments I would make on the technical side. I am extremely happy with the outcome. I think it really does portray how I think about my feelings and how I process these experiences.