Why user experience cannot be designed

You cannot design any experience, but that doesn’t mean you can’t design the experiential context.

“A lot of designers seem to be talking about user experience these days. We’re supposed to delight our users, even provide them with magic, so that they love our websites, apps and start-ups. User experience is a very blurry concept. Consequently, many people use the term incorrectly. Furthermore, many designers seem to have a firm (and often unrealistic) belief in how they can craft the user experience of their product. However, UX depends not only on how something is designed, but also other aspects. In this article, I will try to clarify why UX cannot be designed.”

(Helge Fredheim a.k.a. @helgefredheim ~ Smashing Magazine)

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