All posts by Daniele Grassi

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A UX Movement for Everyday Life

UX surely is a trending topic these days. At least in the tech and IT community it is. And this is great! It was about time that we designers and programmers understood how Paleolithic most of our software really is, when it comes to user experience.

Apply UX outside of tech

The more I dive into different UX approaches, understanding their basics and methods and grasping the importance of putting the user at the center of design, the more I wonder: wouldn’t be splendid if the same care and attention to user experience was applied to schools, to hospitals, to models and forms that we have to fill in our over-complex society? Wouldn’t be great to apply user research, personas, design refining and a lean process to redefine the way we live society?

These questions have really opened my eyes, and I think about them every time some process (policies and laws are very often a live manifesto of how our life can be designed for complication) puzzles me with its unnecessary over-complexity. I bet it’s not uncommon for you too to think “is this procedure really necessary?” in your modern life. Just think about the tons of duplicate data you have to enter in forms, or about the way school still doesn’t bring the best out of children.

The dawn of UX for Everyday Life

Although many professionals think of UX as a science which is already mature, I’m convinced that what we are seeing in IT it is just the dawn of User Experience Design, being the Tech world only one of the first fields of its application.

I really hope to be able to see UX principles (most importantly user research, which really is the foundation of every effort to make users’ life easier) applied to every aspect of our life, starting from laws and policies, then down to school, healthcare and to every matter concerning with our most essential needs as humans.

We have to stress the importance of UX again and again, bringing it outside our fields of expertise, talking with friends and colleagues, and creating a new culture that puts users (people) at the center of every process we design.

We can do this, we can start a real UX Movement for Everyday Life.

Dear 10,000th fan

The first blog post is usually something that doesn’t deserve to be read. Who cares about why someone unknown starts writing the billionth unknown blog of the world?

But well, maybe it is a tradition, maybe the first post is something your 10000th fan will be eager to read when he’s tracking back your story and write a biography about you.

Thus, my dear 10,000th fan, here is the story behind this famous blog.

I’m really excited about the tech world, and in particular about the UX movement (can UX be called a “movement”?). I really think that tech is now evolved enough to stop thinking about how to impress people and to start caring about how to help them, really. It’s time for all of us (programmers, designers, IT technicians, etc.) to step down from our over complex podium and see how we can really matter in the lives of our beloved users giving them software and gadgets that treat them as friends, as humans, as someone to help and not to trick or ignore.

So, is this just ANOTHER blog about UX, that will dissect AGAIN the new iOS icon set and its typography? Will I enrich the Internet with my bags of 2 cents bragging about how I really care about flat design, or pointing out that maybe skeumorphism was something we really needed not to be scared by our own devices?

Yes. No, I’m kidding of course. The truth is that I think that UX can have a bigger role in our life than determine the future of Helvetica Neue in the mobile world or ban leather-like textures from our screens.

I’m convinced that UX should come out from gadgets and screens to put its flag in every aspect of life. And I’m not talking about industrial design, which is part of classical UX, in fact. I’m talking about using UX in politics, in policies, in laws, for example. We could use UX to improve our life in every aspect, I believe. In this sense I talk about a UX movement.

So, this blog will be in fact about anything that interests me, with a main focus on UX in a wide meaning. Do you like the idea?

Well, if you really are my 10,000th fan I bet you do.