Gravity, Environments, and Planetary Alignment In UX Design
The comparability of UX design as a practice is vast. One might draw comparisons from inventions brought to us by the greatest moments in history, i.e. the wheel, the printing press, antiseptics or the automobile. However, one might be drawn to the belief that UX design is more than a practice; it’s more of a form of gravity. The planets are aligned and orbit around the sun, adhering to the sun’s gravitational pull. Each planet has its own gravitational pull therein, allowing their moons to orbit, catching space rocks and picking fights with meteors and comets. UX design isn’t much different, when it’s broken down to its components.
The internet is as vast as space itself. A website is its own planet. We as users are the moons, comets and meteors zooming through the great unknown, coming in and out of contact with each and every orbit that exists in this barrierless realm. The design of a site or app, when implemented strategically, has it’s SEO properly configured for discovery, and gives the user an exceptional experience once they’ve approached and landed. Each component is amalgamated, rendering gravity, keeping users centered in its atmosphere — an ecosystem of planetary proportion.
Within each design is the construction of an environment. This environment can either be a city, a landscape, a place for solace or a place of discovery. All of these experiences are unique to each other, as the planets are unique to each other. But a great UX design breathes air into the lungs of the user who’s searching for answers, happiness, entertainment or utility. The UX designer has the responsibility to develop their ideas into fruition, yet maintain their development under unsure scrutiny, allowing for better ideas, intuition and subversion to influence their progress over time. To develop for an audience means to create the gravitational pull, the atmosphere and the “air quality” if you will to allow their target users to survive in the experience, breathe freely and to live their lives with free will within reason under this experiential umbrella.
As it’s been mentioned before, UX designers are the architects of humanity in the digital space. If all within this space is fabricated through algorithms, binary code and screens, then we must remember that the creations we implement are only arbitrarily different from one another; however uninhabitable they may be from user to user. Building an experience isn’t just about aesthetics, pathways, services or products. These are only the designations under the human invention of political organization(s), and would be named otherwise under different circumstances. Whatever political regime one lives under in the real world, we are designing the digital space from scratch, one pixel at a time.
Designers should remember that to align their designs within the evolution of the digital space, progression in unison is of the utmost exigency. Though it may seem as though you’re one molecule living in connectivity of a much larger body, remember this: it only takes one cell to begin the destruction process of a living organism. On the flip side, it only takes one cell to save it. Seeing the big picture objectively, the planetary alignment is a truth that is literally as old as time. Whether intelligent design or natural circumstances created such a phenomenon is irrelevant, as we can draw from tangible evidence when time literally started in the digital universe. We, as designers, know that our capabilities will shape the alignment, and we have total control over our contributions. All of these ideas and designs are aligned within the vernacular of astral space, whether we can see in real time or not. What do you want your world to look like?