The Sense of Smell
Based on research and experiments regarding our sense of smell, I develop a series of symbols for a number of different scents. The book presents my process when designing these as well as the symbols I created. The main shape of each symbol is based on the nerve in the brain associated with the sense of smell and depicts the way a scent travels from the nose through that nerve and to the part of the brain that makes smelling possible.
When designing the symbols I started with the part of the brain that’s concerned with our sense of smell as a base. I then formed a focus group and had them smell different things and draw what they felt it smelled like. I then altered the basic shape according to their drawings so make my 8 symbols.