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.