For the last five weeks I’ve been a part of an intensive experiment learning the latest in user experience (UX) design from remote usability testing to rapid prototyping. The goal of which is to transform from a guy who likes to draw pretty concert posters into a UX designer who can diagnose usability issues, propose research-based changes, and draw pretty prototypes.
The UX field is a new/not-new field, that appears to have many roots in the automotive industry. (Google the Kano Model.) Why? How come? What I would like to learn more about is the history of automotive design to see what can be carried over to my UX career. Additionally I am interested in automotive design in the same way that I am interested in theme park service design, video game design and virtual reality UX, these are all environments where the user is fully immersed in the experience.
The video game D-Pad didn't start out as a user experience watershed, but that's what it became. The D-Pad's creation was the solution to an engineering pain point. The idea that you can invent something that nobody has used before and then for the users to embrace it because it feels more natural blows my mind. That’s exciting to me as a UX Designer. That’s exactly what happened with the video game D-Pad. In 1982 Gunpei Yokoi was working for Nintendo on a handheld Donkey Kong game when he ran into a problem trying to fit four separate direction buttons on the left side of the unit, there wasn’t enough room. Previous methods for multi-direction navigation employed either four separate buttons or a joystick, neither of which would fit on the clamshell gaming unit. His solution was to create a top piece that rocked in four directions, pivoting on top of a sturdy ball bearing, and triggering tiny internal switches.
Vaporwave music is modern electronic music created from the analog music of the 80's and 90's. Vaporwave Art is similar but tends to sample later towards the 90's. While in the backroom of a grocery store I snapped a picture of a crate of reissued Crystal Pepsi. To increase the Vaporwave Aesthetic I tinted it pink and purple, added a popular 90's slogan that is both applicable and for a different product (Jucy Fruit, "The Juice is Loose"), then saved the image as a gif to impart texture reminiscent of websites from the 90's.