I’ve never had to blog for a class before, so I was skeptical. For NMD 442, User Experience, we read a lot of things, responded to a lot, and sketched a lot. At first we just needed a place to store all of this, a repo of sorts, and that’s what the blog initially was for. But then it started to take on a different shape. It began to be a text book of sorts. It had its own chapters, sections, topics, categories, and presented information on each in short, information dense posts. Many of these topics ranged from understanding how people think, how people see, how people are motivated, all the way to more corporate skills such as wire framing, conducting user tests, and story boarding. Each of these topics are very important for the classes topic, User Experience, but also for New Media as a whole. You could literally print out our blog, staple it together, and have a decent New Media textbook of sorts. I really do not see how not.
New media shapes the future through User Experience. That is its tool and primary means of interacting with the future. What is easiest to use and best molds with the current social state of society is what will survive and persist. For us to understand User Experience is to understand how to mold how people will interact with their environment in the future.
Here’s a link to the blog if you would like to take a look.