It’s August 2009. I’m doing my homework in my room in Tehran, Iran, when suddenly I hear my dad’s excited voice saying “we’re going to America”. After almost two decades of waiting, we’re finally moving to the US. At that time, I was 13. As long as I could recall, we were always about to move to the US. In each gathering or family ceremony, everyone would talk about our case. At first, it was exciting, but when 10 years passed and nothing happened, it just become a meaningless mission in the corner of my mind. So when I heard…
What do these numbers that impact our lives mean? How can we interpret a 3.4% mortality rate of COVID-19? Why do we feel statistically numb when we hear that 640,000 Somali children are starving? How can we make rational decisions while empathizing with the numbers? Well..here’s a human-centered approach to empathic analysis.
Once upon a time, there was a 25-year-old woman named Shayena. Shayena lived on a planet in the chocolate way galaxy.
Empathy! A delightful word that is being used more frequently than ever in the worlds of technology, human-centered design, and user experience. Empathy is an art that requires practice. Building empathy doesn’t mean creating detailed personas or conducing 100 interviews to understand a person’s perspective, it simply means creating a flexible and open mindset to acknowledge and accept people’s pain points, needs, and values. It means keeping your arms wide open to embrace new thoughts, beliefs, and values systems that come from different groups of people. It means being able to understand beyond your own assumptions and knowledge. …
Have you ever looked up the word “artificial” in the dictionary? Well, I have!
Before writing this story, I tried my best to come up with a neutral term to replace “artificial intelligence”.
Take a look at some of the results according to the Oxford dictionary: feigned, insincere, false, affected, mannered, unnatural, stilted, contrived, pretended, put-on, exaggerated, actorly, overdone, overripe, forced, strained, hollow, spurious.
The list goes on, but one thing remains the same: The pejorative notion of artificial!
I do understand that the capabilities of AI and the way it has been presented by media can make it seem…
“If he is a good designer the form he invents will penetrate the problem so deeply that it not only solves it but illuminates it.” — Christopher Alexander
“Notes on the Synthesis of Form” is a masterpiece written by Christopher Alexander. In his book, Alexander discusses concepts of form and context through the lens of complicated design problems.
Complicated design problems are the challenges that deal with multiple stakeholders, unknown requirements, rapid changes, etc.
Rings a bell?
Isn’t that the definition of a challenge that we, as designers, have dealt with at least once in our professional life?
When I started working as a UX engineer, my supervisor was this amazing designer who was creative, fast, and innovative. I enjoyed looking at his work and learning from him. However, since my background was in computer science and his background was in design, as you can imagine, a lot of times I would look at something and think to myself “this guy has no clue about the framework that we use” , “has he ever looked at the data model when he was designing this?”, or “has he done market research and competitive analysis before doing this?”?
A mobile app that lowers the barrier to food donation by making it possible from the convenience of the home.
During the first week of Immersion Studio, we were given the challenge to explore one of the key facets of HCI: computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), to find ways of using technology to help people cooperate in acts of civic engagement.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain