Usability is No Longer Enough” I felt that Eric had an excellent point. Designers used to have the edge when they had hardware, then software, and then usability. The new “wave” however is designing for persuasion, emotion, and trust. It is a way to differentiate from other designs. It is about convincing someone. Changing the “can do” to “will do.” He also mentioned that usability and persuasion could sometimes conflict. Where usability will have the objective to make something simple, persuasion will say not to. Persuasion is just more than one perspective. Persuasion is important because most decisions are made emotionally, not typically logically.
This discussion about persuasion reminded me of the research I did. How important emotion is and the role it plays on affecting people.
When I was watching “WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson” it reminded me of when we had our discussion about ideas in class. Steven talks about how an idea starts as a small hunch that needs time to develop. There may need to be a collision of hunches and a need for an idea to “incubate.” The Internet may seem very overwhelming and driving everyone crazy with so much information out there, but it is more than getting information. The Internet is also a way to connect with other people. The connection helps everyone combine hunches with other people, to connect the missing piece needed to make that great idea.
“Chance favors the connected mind”
Yet another good reason why group work is an excellent way to make ideas happen and become great. I think as a class, in our discussion, we agreed with the fact that it is hard to come up with a great decision right on the spot, that we often need to be in the process of working on something when it finally clicks. One site I found that discussed a general way to find inspiration said that to find good inspiration you should search out new experiences, keep an open mind, watch your emotions, share the experience, seek out solitude, keep in mind you role models, align your actions, and follow your faith. Another site I found had a list of about fifty ways to get inspired. There are many ways to get inspired, but finding that great idea needs some developing sometimes, which is hard to grasp occasionally.