Awakening The Era of Conscious Experience Design

Feb 25, 2020 · 6 min read

We’re entering a time of exponential technological progress and growing human awareness, calling for more mindful, conscious forms of design.


Digitally Connected, but Disconnected

Over the past decade, digital technology has connected just about everything. From mobile to IoT, we’ve seen emerging technologies become normalized throughout the world. This digital transformation enables services to instantly connect us to our media, money, friends, family, healthcare, transportation, and more, from anywhere in the world.

Human Consciousness, Machine Consciousness
Humans and machines are evolving together. They will collaboratively think more, feel more, act more, and value more.

Expanding the Human-Machine Relationship


  • What jobs will people do when automation takes over?
  • When systems are aware, how do we protect privacy?
  • How can systems understand context to avoid errors?
  • What morals and ethics are we teaching these systems?
  • How can we find balance, mentally and emotionally?
  • How can we discern truth? Who can we trust?
  • What are the positive benefits of advanced technology?
  • How can we be empowered to achieve our goals?
Conscious Experience Design
As technology becomes more conscious, people become more aware of its risks and seek more people-first outcomes.

Conscious Experience Design

How We Think, Feel, Act & Value

Four Dimensions of Conscious Experiences: Cognitive Intelligence, Sensory Immersion, Behavioral Systems, Human Ethics
Conscious experiences of the future will be more intelligent, immersive, systemic, and ethical.

Cognitive Intelligence

How We Think

Computers will overtake humans with AI … We need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours. — Stephen Hawking
  • Statistics & Probability
  • Data Visualization
  • Machine Learning
  • Computational Design

Sensory Immersion

How We Feel

The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves in the fabric of everyday life. — Mark Weiser
  • Affective Science
  • Dimensional Media
  • Audio & Haptic Design
  • Environmental Design

Behavioral Systems

How We Act

Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes … for seeing interrelationships rather than things. — Peter Senge
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Systems Design
  • Service Design

Human Ethics

How We Value

Technology is a trigger of progress, trust is the actual enabler. — Philipp K. Diekhöner
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Social Psychology
  • Ethnography
  • User Research


Design Perspectives for Future UX

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