As long as the human experience is the focus of design, anything goes.
“Our experts have taken inspiration from such diverse fields as music, dance, philosophy, theater, and gastronomy. Have you taken inspiration from another profession and applied it in your UX design practice? If so, please share the source of your inspiration in the comments. Read on to learn about some of our experts’ sources of UX inspiration.”
(Janet Six ~ UXmatters) ★
So much to learn from established experience design fields, like music, cinematography and gastronomy.
“Just as Escoffier took Ritz customers on a kitchen tour, Guillaume recommends explaining to your clients how their site or app has been cooked. The more open and understood our design processes are, the more their value will be recognized. Have you ever been running late and prepared dinner in a rush? I have and it was, unsurprisingly, a disaster. So tell your clients their website is nothing but a good meal; it takes time to make it a memorable experience.”
(Antoine Lefeuvre a.k.a. @jiraisurfer ~ A List Apart)
Gastronomy as a metaphor for UX is (still) my thing.
“A good kitchen-content strategy can turn your kitchen into a place that other people can use, too. This means you have to organize your kitchen in such a way that people can just walk in and find exactly the spoon or other object they need, quickly and without asking. Your personal guidance should become unnecessary, because the kitchen would be intuitively and universally organized. No one will ever open the wrong drawer or door or canister again. Everyone’s unique kitchen style will now make perfect and immediate sense to everyone.”
(Seth Maislin a.k.a. @SethMaislin ~ Earley and Associates)