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My goal as a designer is to optimize what I create around how humans can, want, or need to use a product. I don’t want users to have to change their behavior to “better” use a product. I want to put in the research necessary to deliver a human-centered product.

The picture that I chose is from a book that significantly inspired the aforementioned design goal. It is the kettle talked about in Norman’s “The Design of Everyday Things.” This book talks about the importance of designing for humans, and how to do so.

Connecting the framework of product experience to the past two challenges and #whativegot posts …

Challenge 1: In creating “DALI — the immersive experience,” our team wanted to create an experience full of emotions and aesthetics. Participants’ emotions will be on a roller coaster throughout the entire experience, from the excitement surrounding the challenges, to the admiration of the art, to the mystery surrounding Dali’s murder, to the nervousness/shock in the final scene. In addition, the experience is designed to be aesthetically pleasing, especially in its use of Dali’s art. We wanted there to be desirability in the anticipation of attending this experience. Regarding meaning, as this may vary by person, some people who are huge Dali/surrealism fans may experience desirability of meaning as well.

Challenge 2: In creating “Halfie,” the TV pilot, this “product” experience appeals the most to emotions and meaning. We wanted to make this show relatable to really anyone — by having multiple generations of a family all in one city, sharing the story of an immigrant, and highlighting those with a mixed-race identity. We want people watching this series to have a character that they can identify with, thus adding meaning to their experience with “Halifie.” We also hope to make the show aesthetically pleasing, and enticing with emotions of happiness/comedy, worry/conflict, etc in watchers’ interpretations. I hope that people will have attachment to this show, and continue to watch it every week.

#whativegot: For one of my postings, I focused on an advertisement (Volvo) that elicited desirability by eliciting subsequent emotions of shock and awe. Another one (GoPro) has meaning to me, as I use my GoPro when I go on backpacking trips, and I have such fond memories that I am able to re-live with my GoPro footage. The Lexus article brought up feelings of luxury, like mentioned in the article. And finally, the Grand Budapest Hotel’s art is so aesthetically pleasing, and this aesthetic choice changes the meaning and interpretation of the film.

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