A self portrait depicting one of my beliefs,

and the one I chose was …

I believe books smell good.


So I started out by making a mind map with my statement in the center.


But as I started that I felt that it was still a little too broad so I began a mind map with just “books” as the center. I started getting very specific answers then so I still continued the first mind map to see what I can get out of the two of them.


I also went in search of the smell of books:

Smell of Books

-someone already had the idea to put the smell of new and old books into a spray can

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And these are the real perfumes of it.

30 book-scented perfumes and candles

-more book and paper scented objects

-this site actually talked about really interesting words sort of describing aspects of the love of books

3 Reasons Why Booknerds Love the Smell of Books

-why book lovers smell books

What Causes the Smell of New & Old Books?

-infographic of the science behind the smell of books

-a bit more on the chemical smell of books


While I was doing those maps I also tried to put into words how I really felt about books and why I liked their smell.

I first got these:


And was finding that the reason behind me writing that statement was because I was rebelling against the constant use of technology.

I also started making lists for paper uses because the other part of my reason for loving books is because I love paper.


I also found myself focusing more on the paper aspect of books than the entire book itself.

My research on paper:

-about paper

Different Types of Paper

-this talked about the different types of paper found in stores and what they are best for

-all about paper

-history of paper infographic

-paper making infographic

-making paper and raw materials

-all about pulp and the making of it

-the different raw materials used for paper

Facts About Paper: The Impact of Consumption

-paper consumption facts

-how to make paper

-making paper in an industrial setting


After finding out much on paper it lead me to think about origami so I looked a little into that:

-origami saving lives and science

-history of origami


This then lead me to look into more uses of paper.


Uses of Paper:

-10 bizarre uses of paper


I also looked up why some still prefer the print book over the e-book.

-why one woman prefers the e-book

-10 reasons why paper books are better

-why print books are better for memory

-e-books are bad for sleep


Hula came up in my mind map and I thought it was an interesting visual that tells a story at the same time.

History of Hula

-history of hula

-example of hula

-styles  of hula


And I also started to look on Pinterest to see if I could find any other inspiration.


Here are my first round of sketches:




For these I was thinking a little too personally and not quite in the right direction.

This is the first idea I came up with:



It really didn’t complete and satisfy what I was trying to get across though. So I went back to the drawing board and started looking into the senses instead.





Listing of new directions of my statement:



More on the sense of touch:

-about braille


I also looked a bit into Romanticism because I felt that my love of books was more Romantic.


-about the romantic period


I also came across this book about designing for people to be emotionally involved and thought it was good to keep in mind.

-design for emotion


After looking into Romanticism fanaticism came to mind.

Paper fanatic:

fanatic – a person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, especially for an extreme religious or political cause.

Unfortunately I did not find anything that was really interesting about fanaticism or paper fanaticism.


Then I strictly looked into smell in art and found these good articles talking about art and the senses.

Smell in Art:

Scents & Sensibility

-how one artist is making sensory art


Which made me remember these commercials and take a look at them again.

Sensory experiences:

5 gum Stimulate Your Senses commericals –

This one contains three commercials:

There was a lot more of these than I thought. I went in search of them because I wanted to take a look at the different way that they handled experiencing senses.  Most of the videos were focused on the different ways we feel/touch but did so in exciting unorthodox ways that almost push the human limits.


Upon searching for those videos I went in search of more senses.

The senses:

-discuss the many different senses humans have

And then I found a Ted talk about senses:

-this video discusses the 5 senses in experiences and the use of them in design

-this video was interesting in that it talked about using materials produced in nature to make other materials and not giving the answer that more digital technology is the solution


I liked the idea of this being behind and hidden.


As for this one I was just looking at the use of texture.



These are from me trying to figure out what the content was going to be.

Sites with poems:

-famous poems about senses, or so they say but I didn’t find anything


Second round of sketches with more focus on sensing.





I also rewrote my brief twice trying to find the right explanation of “I believe books smell good.”




But these didn’t really provide the answer either. In fact my statement was proving to be the problem so I changed it to what I really meant by it when I wrote it on a whim.


I decided “I believe it is essential to experience the physical world” encompassed my feelings best.

Continuing to organize my thoughts.



With all my research into the senses I was having trouble finding a form to encompass them all. So I put them on paper to get a better grasp of them. At first it didn’t really help because they have no real form.


touch, taste, sound, smell, sight, and touch/sight/smell (in order)

So then I made a venn diagram comparing them to get a better sense of a form.


These are more sketch ideas from beginning to now:



This was my third round of sketches:






These are tentative mock ups of the two final ideas.

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based off of the center idea but using puzzle pieces instead.

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I decided the second one was better but I still wasn’t sold on the form.

And that’s when I came up with this form for the second idea and it fit much better.

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More complete mock up:

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Since my first idea of how to go about making that form did not work properly at all I went in search of a new way to execute it.

Modular origami:

-this site had a lot of pretty good instructions on a variety of modular origami

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I liked the hard lines and curves this has.

Though the paper would be easier to print on and assemble I did not like its flimsy lightness even if I did use a heavy a weight as bristol. So I decided to try 3D printing it.

Sketch for 3D model:




Then I began searching for the right typeface to use. I has to be very neutral and unimaginative.

This is the typefaces I gathered initially:


Once I had this list I went and researched the typefaces on it, and even searched some that were not, so that I had a better idea about them.

I also looked into the history of some neutral typefaces:

-about the difference between the sans serif typefaces

-helvetica was created to be completely neutral (neo-grotesque)

-history of calibri (humanist)

-history of arial (neo-grotesque)

-about myriad (humanist)

-comparison of helvetica, univers, and folio

-about neutral

-about neutra

-about arial

-about avenir


Testing out the typefaces on my model:



Testing out the position of the statements. I had a sort of die in mind.





Final brief:


Final product:












Artist’s statement:



I wanted to re-design this project because it had my idea but I wanted it more solid and grounded.

Here are some ideas that I was generating for the new form.


I like the idea of making a sort of game the most. So I set about trying to figure out how I can make a transforming shape. the trick was to find something that didn’t look like any sort of geometric shape, which was looking impossible at first.

-paper polyhedra

-another paper polyhedra with template

-video of crazy 3d origami shape

-a lot of diff origami directions

-crazy polyhedron

Fantastic 3D Origami with numerous Axisymmetrical shapes

-really cool examples

Agrégale diamantes a tu habitación con estas ideas

-polyhedron template



I just couldn’t find the right form so I started looking into other sorts of games.

Sensory Games:

– ways to test how each sense influences the others in perceiving things

– quiz on how we use the 5 senses

There’s also a mystery game using balloons that’s essentially a guess what’s inside.


Then I thought that maybe I could draw an answer from a disruption of sensing like my sister’s auditory perception deficiency, my mom’s dyslexia, and my dad is just allergic to the world so he can’t smell or taste anything.

Disabilities of the senses:

  • overview of what impairments affect

  • your eyes can see even after you go blind

  • about the loss of smell


But it was about the same results as the sensory games.



Screen Time:

  • here are some ways how screen time is ruining the family unit

  • average screen time consumed by americans

  • eye strain is becoming a big problem for people but for millennials the most so far

  • how screen time is damaging our brains so that almost the whole structure and function is impaired




  • one UX design agency uses the senses in their ux



Finally I stumbled upon the right ideas.

Transformable 3D shape:

-complex flexible polyhedron

  • reconfigurable shape


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These were the jackpot!







Test Shapes:

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  • the game Touchy Feely which I like the design of the package which is simple but still appeals to kids









Mystery colors:

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Final Re-design:


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There are 24 individual pieces and all are magnetic so they can form anything and twist anyway
for the maximum amount of possibilities.

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