The Ever-Changing Field of UX Design

If you were born during a time when computers and cell phones became house hold devices User Experience Design has quite a different definition than it might have to your grandparents or to those who still haven’t quite worked out how to turn on a computer or how to send a text. You’ve both experienced User Experience design in different unique ways.

Before the “Digital Age” interacting with brands and User Experience was more environmental in what your experience was when you went to a restaurant, your local department store or market. I would even say your interaction through print or tv advertising. There were fewer ways you were interacting with products.

Now if we fast forward to present time and all the amazing technological advancements User Experience Design or UX Design is so vast and broad it’s hard to cover all the areas in this post. People mostly associate UX design with what they see on a screen. If they are using a computer, phone, tv, gps, or even ordering food using a kiosk. There are so many different screens we interact with these days and we haven’t even touched on what you can do within those screens that give you even more experiences. It’s almost like a another world, one that people who don’t experience technology will never know. Any interface that is designed to help you interact with a computer seems to fall under UX design these days. Just take a look at the chart below.

The large expanding areas now covered under UX design from “A Brief History of User Experience” by Ali Rushdan Tariq

While User Experience Design may be referenced in regards to interaction with screens in the post digital world. The true definition is a mix of your grandparents experience and the now digital world experience of UX. Listen to Don Norman who worked at Apple and coined the term explain:

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