A Visual Representation of Dewey’s Notion of Experience

Dewey’s notion of aesthetic experience is both reasonably easy to learn and use, and it has been very influential in user experience design practice and theory.

Because I teach it at least once a year, and because I always seem to be drawing the same basic picture of it, I decided to make a more permanent version of how I visualize the theory.

This is not especially profound–I’ve not attempted any kind of philosophical gloss of it. It’s just a thing I made for students and I thought others in the HCI and interaction design communities might appreciate having it around. You can download it here (PDF, 450 KB): Bardzell_DeweyanAestheticExperience_VisualAid

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