When you think about the people you love, you want the very best for them. You want to make things delightful and keep them magical. As designers, we can leverage this way of thinking to provide more immersive, engaging experiences for our users.
As a designer, what gets you out of bed in the morning? What really motivates you to do meaningful work? The Japanese have a great word: ikigai. It has no direct translation into English, but roughly means your level of happiness in life, or your ‘reason for being’.
As you can see in the chart below, you can achieve ikigai—meaning in life—if you can find the right balance of 4 things: passion, mission, vocation, profession.
‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin died last year at the age of 27 when a Jeep pinned him against a gate and brick pillar outside his home. It turns out that his Jeep’s gearshift was poorly designed.
Poor Anton didn’t realise that the Jeep was in neutral when he got out, so it rolled backwards down the driveway, crushing him. It turns out, a mismatched mental model could be to blame. And more importantly, here’s how you can avoid Jeep’s mistake by using them with your team.
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There are lots of people out there with different brains. They cover a broad range of differences including: autism, ADHD, dyslexia, traumatic brain injury and many more. Different brains are beautiful because they think differently on a whole other level.
Ashlea McKay shares her own experience as an autistic UXer, and how you can design better for neurodiverse users.