designing the world: utilizing the human experience.
Through the Perspective of Humanity: My Design Philosophy
In our ever-evolving world, more and more fields of work and study out are established at a significantly dexterous rate. Newly invented interfaces and products are transforming daily lifestyles with visions of revolutionizing human interaction. Repetitious labor jobs are quickly losing demand as a result of machine learning and the multifaceted ways automatons are used to complete tasks that once required human capabilities. Where do we stand in this seemingly never-ending era of accelerated technological advancement? How do we adapt to these stark transformations of lifestyles, career fields, and productivity?
"Smart 911" car interface user flow.
Regardless of how quickly our technological era grows, there will always be one field of study that will remain applicable:
Human Centrality is an interdisiplanary field that is heavily dependent on utilizing an indisputably human method of thought: Creativity. Creativity, the apex of human capability, requires the most powerful level of abstract and conceptual thought processes working in unison, with the ultimate goal of influencing societal values, challenging the norms and ethics we adhere to, and of all, creating something new that serves a purpose in the universe. The creative process is uniquely humanistic and can never be replaced even by the most advanced AI technologies today. In human-centered design, we utilize creativity to answer design challenges by observing human behavior and ideating solutions, addressing potential issues that arise from user research with the intent of enhancing the interactive systems and methods users experience.
Significant numbers of large corporations and institutions are now focused on the user experience of their products and services, seeking out creatives in the human-centered design field. Human-centered designers must understand the perspective of whom they’re designing for, using a thought cycle to provide structure to their interdisciplinary work. I decided to create a simple model that describes my cyclic design process.
my design process: understanding human interaction.
The first step of the human-centered design process is observing specific human behaviors and interactions, with the end goal of understanding the user’s perspective and worldview. We want to get to know the preferences of the people and groups we are designing for. By identifying their patterns of behavior, strengths and weaknesses, and what they enjoy or dislike doing, we can more effectively implement the design process to improve their lifestyle.
Ideation is an important and difficult process in design. In this stage, we utilize creativity to brainstorm ideas to help solve a design challenge. A designer’s ideations usually begin divergent in nature (ideating across the entire creative spectrum, without restriction to practicality), before ideating with convergency (elaborating and creating additional versions of a previous ideation). Creative thinking is paramount to design because ideating requires exhaustive and mutually exclusive intellectual scopes, as well as sizeable amounts of contextual breadth and depth of the project at hand.
Lastly, designers want to test and iterate their ideas before publicly distributing their designs. Prototyping and conducting user research on the accessability and effectiveness of the interfaces and experiences is essential to creating a tailored design project. This phase is where ideation outcomes truly become a reality. By recieving user feedback and reiterating and updating aspects of the design, the project becomes more metacognitive and reflective of human-centric principles, and ultimately, a viable solution to the design challenge.
Human-centered design has become increasingly important in our technologically advancing era, where devices and experiences have become progressively more complicated. In our contemporary society, in order to be adaptable, increase productivity, and live the ideal lifestyle, we must look toward ourselves and the issues we face; the answers are right in front of us. Today, the forefront of global innovation is lead by designers that analyze human behaviors and interactions and develop with a hypercritical mind, with attention to usability, feasibility, and desirablilty factors that humans seek in everyday life.
We are all human-centered designers. It’s part of the human experience to learn through human interaction, evoke new ways of approaching problems, test new methods of productivity, and to challenge and ameliorate the indecencies of our current lifestyles.