About the Project

If there’s one thing that I’ve really come to appreciate ever since integrating practices of design thinking into my everyday routine, it would be the shift from simply seeing the world to understanding it.

Because while the act of seeing displays the trajectory of one mind’s perception, understanding requires the reflection, metacognition and deep consideration for others.

In the sphere of user experience design, I have realized that while many of us go through similarly-designed experiences such as playing the same video game, eating the same food from the same store and going to the same school and taking the same classes, we often come out with a range of different reactions, emotions, and realizations.

And every time I ask myself, “Why?” I immediately realize that it’s “because we are different.”

So you’re telling me that we’re all unique?

But that doesn’t stop us from also being similar and arriving at the same conclusions about individual experiences. While we’re different because we are different, we’re also the same because we’re different. Our personal backgrounds and interactions with other experiences make us who we are. And it fascinates me that these slight or large differences have the ability to impact how we feel in ways that are still often unpredictable to me.

To feed this deep fascination, I’ve begun to expand my exploration outside of exclusively focusing on how people interact with digital products and into how people experience everything else we touch, feel, and come into contact with. From the physical to the psychological and beyond, I hope this series can serve as a way for me to apply and learn new approaches of design thinking to further my understanding of my surroundings.

Welcome to the series:
Understanding Surroundings Through Design Thinking