Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Old School UX

I love old Catholic church buildings. This weekend we drove from Bloomington, IN to Nashville, TN and back. Along the way in Jasper, IN we encountered this great old building. I am drawn to these for a number of reasons. Firstly, simply because of their beauty. But, my interest in them is also deeply tied to design -- both visual and user-experience. These architectural/artistic wonders were constructed with great thought and purpose. They were not made just as a place to sit and listen to sermons. In fact they were built to create an experience for the visitors. As a designer I believe there is much to learn from studying these old examples. The people involved in the design of these were practicing user focused, goal-directed design hundreds of years before Alan Cooper, John Carroll and all the others. While they may not have been committing persona's and scenarios to paper I have not doubt that they were running these types of models through their minds as they designed experiences.

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