Challenge #8: My Design POV

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My Design Point of View

 

Considering my design point of view
through the lens of the ‘Framework for Product Experience’ article was an
interesting experience that forced me to step back and really consider what I
have learned so far and in what direction I’m trying to move. In my reflection,
I focused most of my energy on trying to uncover how I design along the three
types of product experience mentioned in the article: aesthetic experience,
attribution of meaning, and emotional response. Considering the ‘What I’ve Got’s’
that I have written, I realized that my reasoning for why things are
well-designed is often based in the functionality that the item serves, first
and foremost. I have written about speakers, a desktop app, a chrome extension,
a bike rack, alternative football goalposts, and my backpack. What caught my
fancy with each of these items was the unique functionality that they each
brought. Diving into this thought a bit more, I realized that – with the
exception of the chrome extension – all of my posts, in one way or another,
focus on the concept of freedom of use. These products were designed in such a
way that it takes away barriers of use that comparable products might have. For
example, my speakers are water-resistant, mobile, and have a carabineer
attached to it so I can take it just about anywhere. Another example is the
desktop app, OneNote; while most other note-taking apps have a discrete way of
how to do things, OneNote lets you write anywhere, with stylus, tables, or
keyboard on an infinitely sized page. It is the idea of freedom of expression
and mobility that attracts me to these designs. Those themes resonate with me as
I consider myself to be a bit of free spirit, giving me a high-quality
experience of meaning. I think this has been reflected in my projects thus far
as my projects give users freedom to shape the experience into something that I
could not possibly have foreseen. With WALLS, I would have no idea what sort of
interactions might come out of people connecting via my platform. With
self-savr, people might not even use it to save money, they might put taxes on
themselves (for something like cigarettes) that are so high that they won’t
want to purchase anything. Or they might put taxes on something they plan on
continuing to buy regularly so that they can accrue savings. With pathfinder,
we didn’t establish set goals or tracks towards any particular career, instead
allowing users to define their own goals and use the platform at their own
pace.

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