“You manifest your own reality.” You’ve probably heard some version of this message before. It’s almost become a cliché. But what does it really mean? Can you literally create your own reality? Well, no. You can’t simply change the physical world in which you live at the snap of your fingers. But what you can change is your mental state—and that just might impact the world around you over time. For example, people’s interactions with digital products influence their mental state. So, as more and more customer experiences become digital experiences, UX designers have the opportunity to design experiences that can be a catalyst for emotionally positive chain reactions among customers.
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Is the unfettered mind all that it’s cracked up to be?
“So, in a rather ironic fashion, I’ve broken free of traditional thought by thinking inside the box. My advice to you guys is to not be afraid to stand in opposition to everyone’s natural inclination to “be free” and “shoot for the sky” when engaging in creative thought. Sometimes having your head in the clouds while discussing a wireframe or designing a user research study isn’t as effective as it is catchy – such conversations might benefit from taking place here on Earth, where these things actually exist. There’s a lot of inspiration to be gained in the process of more passionately engaging your limits. Design solutions are best manifested when there is an appreciation for the balance between creativity and possibility.”
Check out my new UXMag article, Constraint-Driven Innovation : The Creative Value of Knowing your Limits.