We are constantly simplifying the world around us and the people within it. This is a perfectly understandable reaction to the messy things we have to work with. But with every step back we are building a wall between the user and what it is to be human. We talk to Alastair about human centred design. How to use your senses and perception and take in the world around you.
Journey number 6. Take bus number 53 into town. As part of his Walking Through Information workshop, Alastair Somerville got everyone to go outside. Multiple times. One of the exercises involved exploring an number of tasks – Visit the restaurant, the hotel spa, take a boat trip, take bus 53 to town.
The journey to and from the hotel and the bus stop is a sensory gift that keeps on giving. We nerd out a little with Alastair about the experience.
We talked to Alastair Somerville at UXLx 2015. Alastair is a specialist in sensory cognition and accessibility and held a workshop on day one called Designing wearable experiences. Amongst other things we chat about sensory experiences and about how accessibility settings can help us deal with cognitive load.