Did you know I teach too? I really enjoy sharing what I know about user experience with students just getting started. Last week I was looking at my intro lecture for User Experience Design and Development and it struck me that it would be perfect to share it with you and the rest of the world. It’s a bit longer post than I usually do, but I think you’ll find it interesting how I try explain the complicated topic of UX in an accessible, engaging way.
What’s a user experience anyway?
Tools like Facebook were designed to connect us to the world, giving us an almost angelic view of daily happenstance. We replaced the churchyard with the “timeline.” But our efforts failed. We are still as closed, still full of superstition, as we were a hundred years ago. We traded a market square for the Internet but all of the closed-mindedness and cynicism came with it. We still disparage the outsider, we still rant against invisible enemies, and we still keep our friends close and fear what lies beyond our door. Only now we have the whole world on which to reflect our terror.