“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes a lot.” — Mark Twain
UX analysis is based on a study of the contextual environment.
UX analysis is informed by behavioral events.
UX is now so pervasive that it is becoming an implicit expectation.
UX is becoming trivialized as clever design.
Soooo … Is UX History?
This “Histomap,” created by John B. Sparks, was first printed by Rand McNallyin 1931. Visit and view at The Vault.
As a historical reference of cultural influence, it reflects some of the “western civ” bias of its own moment in history. But it’s still assumption-jarringly informative.
Edward Tufte would be proud.
- “The Visual Design of Quantitative Information” (1983)
- “Envisioning Information” (1990)
- “Visual Explanations” (1993)
- “Beautiful Evidence” (2006)
History is helpful: If you didn’t learn the first time around, it repeats itself. — John Vaughan
An Early Model
LinkedIn : April 27, 2015 – May 6, 2015 : 62 views, 5 likes
Bill Gates has this idea …
… and it’s a pretty good one
“… to offer a multifaceted historical account of any given subject through a friendly user interface. The site, which is open to the public, would also feature a password-protected forum for teachers to trade notes and update and, in some cases, rewrite lesson plans based on their experiences in the classroom.”
Disruptive Innovation meets History
… and receives a long-awaited, well-deserved smackdown. Read it. You’ll feel better. I promise.
“Disruptive innovation is a theory about why businesses fail. It’s not more than that. It doesn’t explain change. It’s not a law of nature. It’s an artifact of history, an idea, forged in time; it’s the manufacture of a moment of upsetting and edgy uncertainty. Transfixed by change, it’s blind to continuity. It makes a very poor prophet.”
Context is Everything.
LinkedIn : September 22, 2014 – Feb 29, 2016 : 234 Views, 4 Likes
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