During last weeks class Professor Rueda really challenged my way of thinking for what it means to be an app designer and developer. He told me that I shouldn’t, “make an app just to make an app, because anyone can do that; you should put some more thought into why you make these things” – which really got me thinking “why do I want to make iOS applications?” Initially my reasoning behind building applications was because I wanted to get into the field and build a strong portfolio but then I realized that I needed a deeper motivation behind my work, and I came to the conclusion that:
As a designer I strive to create applications which have exceptional user interfaces and experiences that are built on top of solid products people want to use. I also desire to make apps that are informed, empathetic and ethical in the way that they interact with their users.
I’m still ironing out the finer details of my artists statement but I think that this pull quote nicely summarizes what I wish to accomplish with the applications that I will be designing and developing in the future.
I have refined my thesis:
Meaningful user experience is achieved when form communicates function; thusly, facilitating the users desire to accomplish a one-dimensional task which either extends their natural abilities or emulates a physical process.