Immersive Experience is a podcast dedicated to all design nerds who want to paint a world which is delightful, immersive yet humane. No matter if you are a right-brainer or a left-brainer, a newbie or a seasoned professional, if you love to bring a perspective which is creative yet empathetic, this is a place for you.
The discussions will fuel your imagination and curiosity. Every Friday this summer, we will take a trip to find our design roots, where we are right now and what future beholds for us as designers. Stay tuned and let those creative juices flowing.
Episode 11 - Are you slacking?
This episode focuses on the popular workplace collaboration tool – Slack. We discussed the key aspects of the overall experience that Slack offers and tried to find out what are those key differentiators that are driving people to not just use it but fall in love with it.
Episode 10 Thinking about the future
It’s not very unusual to ask the question on where human-centered design is going. UX and role of designers are at peak in this emerging world of technology. Human-centered approach is turning important more than ever. Whether a technology is successful is ultimately not going to be determined only by its level of innovation or its standard of execution rather by desirability of its user. This final episode of the season discusses the rhetoric question of the future of Human-centered design.
Episode 09 The Art & Power of Storytelling
Stories are powerful tool when it comes to create a long-lasting impressions. Stories are way to explain the world. Stories are about communication. A good storyteller is the one who practice the art rather believing that he acquired it. Every product we design and every idea we brings to life through our designs are unique in its own way so until you haven’t invested your time to get the story right, it’s highly unlikely that you will be able to establish a bond with your audience. In this episode, we discussed some of the existing ways for us to tell online and offline stories as designers and what are some of the things that we can learn and practice to master the art of storytelling.
Episode 08 Empathic Design
Empathic design is not just a conceptual thought, it’s a belief that we can understand group behavior, social influences and can develop an emotional and cognitive empathy towards larger number of people. Thus, designing products and services that matches their expectations. The neuroanatomy of our brains may allow us to feel empathy for another’s experiences, but it can also stop us from making cross-cultural connections resulting in an empathy gap. However, an active attempt to understand those cultural and psychological differences through observation, curiosity, active listening and opening up can help us overcome our bias, stereotypes and prejudice for individuals and different groups.
In this episode, we will try to understand to what extent we can empathize with a group of people and the effects empathy has on our overall design process.
Episode 07 Universal and Inclusive Design
Inclusive design is a design philosophy that embraces how diverse people are not just in terms of ability but also in terms of race, ethnicity, color, socio-economic religion. We are designing for the world that speaks many languages and has different limitations — physical or cognitive. As a design community, either we can offer an experience that respects these differences or can go a step further to create experiences that welcome people from all walks of life. Through research, we can be closer to everyone to learn more about these difference but most importantly can be closer to those who wants to be a part of the world we are designing. In this episode we will talk about these three concepts of accessibility, usability and inclusion that are crucial for designing products and services.
Episode 06 Research in design
Research in design is not different from any other psychological or scientific research. Research help designers to move away from the hindsight bias or ‘know it all along’ phenomenon which can prove to be dangerous specially when we are trying to solve our users problems. Be it attitudinal and behavioral or quantitative or qualitative, research not only opens the door that enlighten us about our users but also help us design better experiences by revealing cultural nuances, beliefs and need. This episode touches upon what it broadly means in UX and the connection it has to our psychological roots.