Cornell has the opportunity to gain recognition in User Experience (UX) during a time when the importance of UX is increasingly revered. By integrating UX Design into Cornell Tech Campus’s plans from the very beginning, we will not only strengthen our design community, but also enhance the growth of the Tech Campus’s hubs.
A UX program aligns perfectly with the Tech Campus’ mission to accelerate existing sectors of NYC’s tech economy. NYC will benefit from a great UX education program that will develop highly demanded, cream-of-the-crop designers. In particular, incorporating user experience design into the Tech Campus is highly beneficial for its three interdisciplinary hubs:
Connective Media Hub
Effective UX can produce more streamlined and intuitive interfaces and interactions, more mindful of the needs of the user, and can also elucidate how connective forces, such as how network effects impact individual users.
Technology for Healthier Lifestyles Hub
A UX approach can help design technology that uses positive feedback loops, cognitive dissonance, and other user-centered faculties to incentivize healthy (or sustainable) behavior.
Built Environment Hub
Design thinking applied to scenarios and user contexts would enable innovative integrations between the physical bult environment and digital world.
What is UX
UX explores how humans use and interact with technology in order to design effective and pleasing interfaces for users.
Why UX is Important
The demand for UX designers is growing. In an age of abundant data and complex systems, information accessibility and usability have become vitally important. User experience has become widely recognized as a crucial factor in a product’s value and of a company’s success.
What we’ve done
We’ve already proposed a new user experience design studio course for the Ithaca campus under the Information Science department which is currently in review during the 2012-13 school year. This course takes the existing theoretical design courses at Cornell and extends them to include hands on project based studio class for design.
Additionally, we’ve written a proposal for a larger UX design program for the Cornell NYC Tech campus. Please contact us to request a copy for viewing!
What we want is a dedicated graduate studio/creative space for Cornell in NYC, along with a faculty of well known designers and design professors who will fuel the creative environment necessary for design and entrepreneurship.
To learn more about our initiative, please contact us at email@example.com!
I hope you are all relaxing and enjoying the beginning of your break. We have 5 weeks of break ahead of us, perfect time for portfolio building! Once we get back, February and early March is prime time for internship/job recruiting. Having your portfolio ready by then is crucial. We haveour first portfolio critique session the Tuesday of the first week of class, so start designing!
Additionally, if you haven’t already heard, Cornell won the bid for NYC Tech campus! http://nyti.ms/tYs42u
This is great for Cornell UX design since UX is huge for tech
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Portfolio Critique Session
Bring your design portfolios and get critiqued! We’ll offer suggestions on improvements and talk about presenting ourselves, interviews and how to go about applying to design jobs. This will be in a very similar format to the ux career and portfolio session conducted for INFO3450.