The term user experience is a ever-changing field that dates all the way back to a few thousand years before Christ. Let us take a look at the past, understand the present and anticipate what will happen in the future to truly understand the history of user experience design.
Did you know that the roots of user experience can be traced all the way back to the ancient Greeks and their ergonomic principals in 500 before Christ?
It is true, the old Greeks used ergonomic principles when designing a surgeon’s workplace. The surgeon must stand in a posture comfortable for him and with his tools within reach. Sounds like UX, right?
Fast forwarding to the early 1900s mechanical engineer, Frederick Winslow Taylor, wanted to make work processes more efficient and conducted a lot of research into the interactions between humans and their tools.
In the 1950s, Henry Dreyfuss, an American engineer, pointed out that if the user becomes more efficient or simply happier by interacting with the product the designer has succeeded.
In the 1960s Walt Disney was often seen as one of the first UX designers. He preached the importance of knowing your audience, wearing their shoes and communicating with color and shape.
In 1984, Apples first mass-market PC was released. Since then, Apple has become a real innovator of user experience with the first iPod in 2001 and the iPhone in 2007.
In 1995 the term user experience design as we know it today was invented by the cognitive scientist, Donald Norman, as a way of including all that UX is.
Today, new technology enhancements, such as voice technology, is an example of how user experience design has evolved in to a form of invisible design without an interface.
With voice technology you will be able to communicate with technology by voice, and thereby order a pizza just by yelling: PIZZA
And then before you know it, a pizza will arrive!
Whatever the future might hold in regards to user experience design, we are sure that it will be just as exciting as the history that precedes it.
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