It has been a great week for me because I’ve actually gotten time to read through all of my favorite blog posts. Today I was reading over this post by Alexa from Adaptive Path. It’s a very interesting article that talks about creating sustainable experiences that encourage users to do the right things, even though their tendency may be to do otherwise. I must admit that parts of me were torn. In some instances I totally agree with this like with her example of taking public transportation vs always driving. However, there is a part of me that thought, shouldn’t I create an experience based user requirements, wants, needs etc. For example let’s say I design cars, sure I think that people should help save on energy, but I want them to use my car as well AND I want to make sure that the car exceeds their expectations.
The next article I read was this one from Inkblurt. This talks about how Facebook encourages the negative experience that one can face. And I thought well, maybe I should look into Alexa’s point a little more. In a social networking space like Facebook, an experience designer could hone in and really think about how they wanted people to use facebook however instead people throw apps together and put them out there, which ends up turning negative. By being more conscientious we can influence those around us to take the right path and do better things. I’m totally buying into now and realizing the types of outcomes that I can have an influence in. Go me!
[techtags: USER EXPERIENCE, EXPERIENCE DESIGN, SUSTAINABILITY]