Final Reflection

Tuesday, May 1st Please post your final presentation on the class team google drive and your personal reflection on the blog. The blog post should describe your final project experience and your thoughts on the UX class. Please post by 5pm on Tuesday.

My final project experience was uncomfortable but enjoyable. I had to push myself a lot in areas that I was not completely used to! Especially with 3D printing which required me to learn one of my weakness which is Computer aided Industrial design. I also had a pretty good experience trying to understand the dynamics between CS and industrial design!

One of my biggest qualms with the class is that I would’ve enjoyed learning more about the basics of coding like coding jargon, the programs that are needed in UI/UX field (sketch, invision, axure, adobe xd) and anything else that we need to really pursue the field. The field is growing immensely but so is the competition behind it! We need the proper knowledge and understanding for us to know how to navigate to companies that are going to help us improve ourselves as ui/ux designers/developers.

I would like to say thank you for pushing us! This class was definitely a push. There were times that I wished to have it a little bit slower paced but in the end the class worked out. The project has been one of my favorites. I do think that this class can branch out to further into a bigger part and hopefully if there are more UI/UX opportunities I will definitely  be willing to partake again!

Reading Assignment #2

Artificial Intelligence as a New Design Material

I enjoyed reading this article because we can start to see a big shift between a new kind of material age as we are living through it. In history class we would look at the times of the bronze age, and the silver age and making huge leaps and bounds into the industrial age. I believe with the understanding that AI will be a new design material it could be concluded that we may be going into a new age of AI like we have done with many technological advances. The article goes through some of the challenges that us designers will face trying to design for the future. My favorite one was about how to approach a constantly growing and learning AI and how to design with or around that constraint.


UX Design Innovation: Challenges for Working with Machine Learning as a Design Material

“The challenge of integrating “intelligent” technologies into
people’s lives can be distilled into the automation debate
between ‘do it for me’ and ‘do it myself’”

I thought this was a very interesting point and it seems like there is going to be an integral shift with how we view products that are collaborating with Machine learning. Machine learning will certainly push designers and the user into an new environment of experience because both sides now have to come to the understanding that we may or may not design for the user to have a choice. Will it be considered a luxury to have a machine understand our habits and motivations so that it can save time and attention? Will the user be alright with a new a challenging environment such as that?


Machines Learning Culture

It is surprising to see that machine learning could have such a deep integration with the visual arts. My favorite thing to read about Machine Learning culture was the one exhibit about human normalcy. I found it very strange that a machine could get enough opinions and understandings of normal and start creating this concept of normalcy. It made me think could machine learning be taken all the way to being integrated into a normal conversation. Would that be possible if the AI were to learn enough from conversations could they pull out a certain personality from it?


Week 1: What is experience? And can we design it?

The reading for this week tackles how experience itself is constructed. I myself have never thought of “experience” as a process that can be formulated and created through science but it has been broken down to even the stages of what experience is.

In the reading of Chapter 4, Making Sense of Experience, they were able to breakdown experience into a framework of four different threads of experience. They are like this

  • The compositional thread
  • The sensual thread
  • The emotional thread
  • The spatial-temporal thread

and all of these break down experience through the connection of senses, emotions and a specific time period. This gives a little more insight to the study of experiences and how experiences can be engineered or designed.