Synesthesia, Design, Fine Arts and Music


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Michael Haverkamp


I work as a consultant, lecturer and author on cross-sensory design and acoustics. Until 2018, my main challenge was to developed methods for multi-sensory harmonization and product design at the Ford Development Centre, Cologne, Germany. Furthermore, I am applying multi-sensory principles for creation of visual arts and music. Born 1958 in Gütersloh, Bundesrepublik Deutschland, I first focused on technical and psychological acoustics during my studies of electrical engineering at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. My PhD thesis addressed the physiological influences and perceptions of vibration (Medical Department, University of Mainz). 

I had the opportunity to gained long-term experience in product development, acoustics engineering and multi-sensory design, and studies of cross-modal perception, design, the arts and music. These activities included teaching assignments and invitations to lectures at various universities, e.g. the Köln International School of Design KISD, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Northwestern Switzerland FHNW, the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten/Austria, and many others. 

I have numerous publications on sound engineering, perception, audio branding, multi-sensory design, the arts and synesthesia. Many presentations were held in various European countries as well as in Japan, South Korea, China, Australia and North–America. I am a member of the jury for the International Sound Awards. Within the scope of contributions to arts projects and performances of improvised music, I have displayed synesthetic paintings and graphics at several synesthesia conferences.