A final paper.

A temporary subject
When designer are describing user.. . 

1.The aspects of aesthetical experience
2.Designer and User

1.Literature study
2.Case study of user and interaction design
3.Designing interaction style < ? still keep thinking >


1.To research various criteria to analyze experience
2.To describe user’s experiences by consummating self and other in a very personal and particular way
3.To interpret that could contribute to enriching out lives with the technological relationship  

In this final paper, I would like to have some time to ponder upon user’s experience and user-centered design approach in academic area since there are currently many issues about experience in HCI area, yet there has not been enough critical discussion of how user’s experience can work together. I want to learn both theoretical and methodological aspects of experience-centered design, and how designers adopt the language of user’s experience, based on literature study. Actually, these days, I am interested in John Dewey, the pragmatic philosophy, and his study of art as experience. I have found much issue in his aesthetical perspective of experience, which is that experience is the key to understanding how rich all experience can be. I think his aesthetical experience is the predisposition to study experience to all experience researches in HCI area. Until now, I have met a lot of people in the papers and books that I read – Forlizzi and Ford, Mattelmaki, John McCarthy and Peter Wright, Don Norman, Lim, Youn-kyung, Marion Buchenau and Jane Fulton Suri, who are contribute to research experience. I would like to think them again rather than putting other researches into my brain.  
When it come to develop a certain design solution, I though user’s experience seems like the breakdowns that need designer’s multiple, heterogeneous interpretation. However, I was surprised by them since I saw that there are possibilities to resolve my curiosity. They have suggested their perspective to view user’s experience, developed the approaches to interpret the language of experience, and tried to apply the language to design. I found the interesting things for me among them. I cannot elaborate my idea exactly now, but I want to introduce their research in my final paper. I would like to study the experience from narrative to storytelling in making sense of experience. I got the idea from the research by Forlizzi and Ford, the building blocks of experience: an early framework for interaction designers. Their understanding of existing theories of experience is three ways, “experience, an experience, and experience as story”. In the framework, that they developed, they saw the experience from cognitive ones to sub-conscious ones, from a sub-conscious to cognitive one, a narrative experience to a cognitive one, from sub-conscious or narrative to cognitive experiences, and sub-conscious experience to a story telling experience. Here the experience from narrative to storytelling means a formal experience becomes personalized as it is communicate in a relevant way. I want to study how and where the narrative one is permeable, that is absolutely crucial to interaction design, and how designers open to heterogeneous interpretations in a few of case studies for my conclusion. I guess my theme is still too broad to write a final paper and different from other students a little (I am worrying about that). I know Prof. Jeff’s intention, but this is what I want to write now. Could you help me out? I hope my unclear idea is to be integrated into more sophisticated one. 😦


  1. jeffreybardzell

    I think this paper topic and direction overall will work, and I don’t think it is too much different from what others are doing. The main reason is because you plan to include this:

    2.Case study of user and interaction design

    So that is the concrete example, or “particular,” which I want you to use to bring your ideas into focus. That is good. The only problem now is you haven’t said what that case study actually is!

    I would also point out that almost all of these readings you have mentioned form the core of the I502 (“Experience Design”) class, and so whatever you do this semester, you will definitely get a *lot* of opportunity to think through these ideas in that class.

    Don’t worry too much about whether your topic is OK (so far, it is), and instead focus your energies on identifying your case study and starting to think about it in terms of the whatever theory you want to use.

  2. laurabrunetti

    I’m sure you’ve already come across it, hye won, but the link for the I502 class is:


    maybe you can find some articles there that you can relate to your topic. In the meantime, I’ll try and work on the concrete case study part..


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