Designing for Curiosity

Using a 5-dimensional Curiosity Matrix to better understand user motivations and behaviors by Julian Scaff In the field of psychology, curiosity is a cognitive and behavioral quality that is critical in the investigation of emotion and motivation. The phenomenology of curiosity has wide-ranging implications on a variety of human-centered fields, particularly UX design, because it … Continue reading Designing for Curiosity

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The Future of Digital Health: Personalized Health Care Beyond the Doctor’s Office

In an interview at Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine in San Diego, Leslie Saxon, founder and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing, spoke about the Virtual Care Clinic her team is building. The concept for the Virtual Care Clinic was created in 2015 and has since been the team’s vision for how to create a … Continue reading The Future of Digital Health: Personalized Health Care Beyond the Doctor’s Office

Designing for Emotional Wellness

Technology Can and Should Be Designed for Emotional WellnessIn an interview at Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine in San Diego, Nichol Bradford, co-founder and executive director of Sofia University’s Transformative Technology Lab, explored how new technologies are being designed to enhance emotional wellness and awareness. Sofia University’s Transformative Technology Lab is certainly a unique space in Silicon Valley. The … Continue reading Designing for Emotional Wellness

8 Ways Apple Can Save the MacBook Pro (Hint: it’s all about UX)

The Problem The release of the new MacBook Pro computers with the Touch Bar feature has not gone smoothly for Apple. Chief amongst the problems with this latest iteration of Apple’s flagship portable computer is poor and inconsistent battery life, the primary reason why Consumer Reports for the first time initially did not recommend the … Continue reading 8 Ways Apple Can Save the MacBook Pro (Hint: it’s all about UX)

Designing Resiliency

We are living during a period of history defined by uncertainty. Global climate change, political and social upheavals, demographic shifts and other large scale changes mean that past trends do not necessarily predict future ones. But this is also a period when design as a field is more prominent than ever, giving us tools to … Continue reading Designing Resiliency

UX Project Review: UXSC 2015 Designathon

Winners of the UXSC 2015 Designathon design an innovative master planner for college students On April 25th, 2015, UXSC (the student UX design group at the University of Southern California) staged a Designathon, a shorter version of hackathon tailored to user experience design. The Designathon, held at USC’s tech incubator facility The Blackstone Launchpad, was open … Continue reading UX Project Review: UXSC 2015 Designathon

UX Design Thinking for Transmedia

"You cannot create experience. You must undergo it." -Albert Camus Before launching into the topic of this article, it’s necessary to lay out very clear definitions of what exactly UX and Transmedia are, as these terms get misused far too frequently. UX is short for User Experience. Broadly speaking UX design is a process for … Continue reading UX Design Thinking for Transmedia