Thoughts on a thesis
THOUGHTS ON A THESIS
I am fascinated by narrative. By story. By memory and the reasons we do things too – because they’re stories also, albeit ones that we like to think are unbiased self-evident occurrences. Post-Cartesian modern life is all about the rugged induvidual figuring out their own way, powering through the world with a few trusty sidekicks – and this is where our gadgets come in.
Cell phones, iPads, websites, computer games: we interact with these things through interfaces that, at their best, let the user express exactly what they know or want in a way that’s natural. These devices become more than inorganic machines and become compatriots, assistants, companions, and dare I say… friends? Good user interaction makes the user want to spend more time with a site while giveing the user exactly the information they need in order to produce just what the user wanted.
I want to do that. I want to understand a user and a device so well that I can make one respond exactly to the other in such a way as to make life easier, better, and more fun. And like the website linked from the picture above, I’d love to give users the pleasant surprise of giving them something wonderful that they didn’t even know they wanted.
So to sum up: User Interface Designer; Experience Designer; Interaction Designer; Information Architect; Social Interaction Designer; Interface Designer; User Experience Designer; Interactive Systems Engineer and Kinetic User Interface Designer: YES PLEASE.
[link: The Dashboard, by UrbanDaddy ]