Thinking human – observations of physical and digital experiences

I had a moment of inspiration this week for a new name for this blog: “Thinking Human”. It describes my design approach: solving human problems by understanding human needs. Through design observations in this blog and my work as UX designer and developer, I’ve learned that great physical and digital experiences are created when humans are at the centre. Often we get it the other way around and create technology that’s not based on a real human need.

My goal is to learn. Through this blog, I will capture my observations from a human perspective of good, enjoyable, well designed experiences as well as poor, annoying, badly designed experiences. By writing about my observations and deconstructing designs, I hope to learn the genetics of good and bad design.

The featured image is my first made in Adobe Illustrator
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Design experiments with a photocopier

As part of a project for my Graphic Design Foundations Short Course at University of Arts London I experimented with photocopier features. I had a lot of fun designing my Book Cover project and realised how much creative flexibility photocopiers give you.

For instance, there are some pretty cool effects you can get by moving the paper around on the screen while the photocopier is scanning. I was making a ghosty book cover so attempted to get a haunting effect by following the scanner bar as it moved across the screen. The result was pretty cool!

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Capturing My Design Observations

Design Observr is an intersection of three of my interests:

  1. Observing – observation, details, visuals, detectives, sherlock holmes
  2. Design – experiences & ux, usability, accessibility, visual design, interaction design
  3. Writing –  stories, creative writing, descriptions

I’ve had an interest in design and user experience for a number of years which has manifested mostly into my projects at work. I’ve done a lot of reading about web design and UX on sites like smashingmagazine,  a list apart, lifehacker and following design blogs on twitter.

Learning design through reading is a good introduction as there are a ton of resources, too many in fact, to stay up with as I found out. The next step for me is getting my hands dirty.

This is blog is about learning design through capturing my observations and deconstructing designs into their elements.