Challenge 8: My Design Perspective


I have enjoyed posting “What
I’ve Got” assignments, yet as I was posting, wondered how objects of my desire
fit together into one design perspective. I did notice a common thread: I appreciate designs that are simple, efficient, and clever. After reading “Framework of Product
Experience,” I realized that my design perspective centers on aesthetic experience and
emotional experience.

The aesthetic experience I
enjoy is minimalistic and clean. My Poppin desk accessories that I wrote about
for “What I’ve Got” offer a great example—they are far more simple, fresh, and
cohesive than other desk products, which I find beautiful. Each piece is monochrome, but they mix and match to form customizable and useful office supplies. My State backpack is
another example of this aesthetic—it is a monochrome backpack that lacks exterior
the bells and whistles of other popular backpack brands, such as the North
Face. Still, I find the simplicity desirable. I also find the ‘aesthetic of
interaction’ of the backpack beautiful in the thoughtful design of zippers, compartments,

The emotional experience I appreciate
is one of happiness and ease—it could almost be interpreted as gratefulness
that a product has made my life easier in some meaningful way. I found digital
technology innovations that aims to make the user’s life simpler particularly
desirable. Finding ways to focus my time and efforts in this non-stop digital
world is a challenge—it often brings about emotions of frustration. As I wrote
in my “What I’ve Got” entries, I found platforms that help make my life easier—from
the Google Chrome extension Momentum to the social media management platform Hootsuite—
bring out emotions of happiness and satisfaction during the user experience.

I noticed that I
particularly appreciate new products that simply take the regular design
version of the object to the next level. To me, “next level” takes on a variety
of meanings, from more aesthetically pleasing to more functional. I like
products that take an existing product—such as a vanity mirror, as I wrote in
one “What I’ve Got”—and enhance or reinterpret it to make it even more useful
to the user. In the case of the vanity mirror, the basic product is enhanced by
lighting to make it easy to apply makeup in all sorts of standard room
lighting. The difference between the two is often minimal, but significant—the
product has been tested and reworked to maximize desirability.


Desmet, Pieter and Paul
Hekkert. “Framework of Product Experience.” International Journal of
1, no.1 (2007): 57-66.

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