The History of UX Design

Design is all around us, especially User Experience Design.

User Experience Design is the process of enhancing user satisfaction with a product by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction with the product. (ux design)

The history of User Experience Design some say starts all the way back to the early 1900’s with the Industrial Revolution. It was used to figure out the interactions between laborers and their machinery. Some of the most significant products of User Design started in 1948 with the success of Toyota. Toyota took over the attention with the role of human interaction and technology.

In the 60’s Walt Disney described creating Disneyland as “always in the state of becoming, a place where the latest technology can be used to improve the lives of people.” His imaginative use of technology to bring people joy continues to inspire user experience designers. (disney)

Then came Xerox’s famous research project, PARC. PARC is a Xerox research center founded in the 1970s to explore innovations in workplace technology. PARC’s work in the mid-70s produced many user interface conventions that are still used today It gave function and form to the design of computers for usability. Bob Taylor and his team built some of the most important tools of human-computer interaction, including graphical user interface (GUI) and the mouse. (PARC)

The field of human-computer interaction (HCI) suddenly exploded because more people had access to computers. They had a greater need to understand and optimize their use of them in everyday life. HCI popularized concepts like usability and interaction design, both of which are important aspects to user experience. With the introduction to the Internet in the late 1990s, new jobs with titles like “Web designer,” “interaction designer,” and “information architect” began cropping up. (HCI)

In the 1990’s an influential man named, Don Norman joined Apple to help with the research and design of its upcoming line of products. He helped shape Design at Apple to lead to the unveiling of an extraordinary product called the iPhone at MacWorld 2007. It was certain with the iPhone that it provided a user experience far superior to that of any other contemporary phone on the market. (iphone)