The Human-UX/UI Relation
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This project takes an interdisciplinary approach between phenomenology and human-computer interaction to demonstrate how mediation theory establishes a process from which we can obtain a more comprehensive qualitative analysis of a technology’s UX/UI. Such an analysis overcomes the objective criticism normally imposed on the notion of subjective experiences. Our perceptions of UX/UI evoke a technology experience, through which emerges an interdependent relation between user and technology, such that each has some governance over the other. Building our understanding of human-technology relationships, and UX/UI’s role in them, allows us to better situate within the world a technology’s influence on our perception of societal virtues, which ultimately motivate the movement of society’s progress. This paper specifically analyzes Youtube and Facebook/Instagram as case studies, and their involvement in redefining the societal virtues of community and success, respectively. With these examples, I present a method to recognize UX/UI’s ability to affect our achievement in developing good character, and argue that analyzing UX/UI in such a way can make us more aware of how we should design and how we should conduct ourselves in using technology.
Fowler, Hannah (2019). The Human-UX/UI Relation. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from