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Immersive Experiences

Immersive Experiences

By Priya Saraswat
Immersive Experience is a podcast dedicated to all design nerds who want to paint a world which is delightful, immersive yet humane. No matter if you are a right-brainer or a left-brainer, a newbie or a seasoned professional, if you love to bring a perspective which is creative yet empathetic, this is a place for you.

The discussions will fuel your imagination and curiosity. Every Friday this summer, we will take a trip to find our design roots, where we are right now and what future beholds for us as designers. Stay tuned and let those creative juices flowing.
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Episode 07 Universal and Inclusive Design

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Episode 11 - Are you slacking?
This episode focuses on the popular workplace collaboration tool – Slack. We discussed the key aspects of the overall experience that Slack offers and tried to find out what are those key differentiators that are driving people to not just use it but fall in love with it.
August 15, 2020
Episode 10 Thinking about the future
It’s not very unusual to ask the question on where human-centered design is going. UX and role of designers are at peak in this emerging world of technology. Human-centered approach is turning important more than ever. Whether a technology is successful is ultimately not going to be determined only by its level of innovation or its standard of execution rather by desirability of its user. This final episode of the season discusses the rhetoric question of the future of Human-centered design. 
August 20, 2019
Episode 09 The Art & Power of Storytelling
Stories are powerful tool when it comes to create a long-lasting impressions. Stories are way to explain the world. Stories are about communication. A good storyteller is the one who practice the art rather believing that he acquired it. Every product we design and every idea we brings to life through our designs are unique in its own way so until you haven’t invested your time to get the story right, it’s highly unlikely that you will be able to establish a bond with your audience. In this episode, we discussed some of the existing ways for us to tell online and offline stories as designers and what are some of the things that we can learn and practice to master the art of storytelling. 
August 3, 2019
Episode 08 Empathic Design
Empathic design is not just a conceptual thought, it’s a belief that we can understand group behavior, social influences and can develop an emotional and cognitive empathy towards larger number of people. Thus, designing products and services that matches their expectations. The neuroanatomy of our brains may allow us to feel empathy for another’s experiences, but it can also stop us from making cross-cultural connections resulting in an empathy gap. However, an active attempt to understand those cultural and psychological differences through observation, curiosity, active listening and opening up can help us overcome our bias, stereotypes and prejudice for individuals and different groups. In this episode, we will try to understand to what extent we can empathize with a group of people and the effects empathy has on our overall design process.
July 27, 2019
Episode 07 Universal and Inclusive Design
Inclusive design is a design philosophy that embraces how diverse people are not just in terms of ability but also in terms of race, ethnicity, color, socio-economic religion. We are designing for the world that speaks many languages and has different limitations — physical or cognitive. As a design community, either we can offer an experience that respects these differences or can go a step further to create experiences that welcome people from all walks of life. Through research, we can be closer to everyone to learn more about these difference but most importantly can be closer to those who wants to be a part of the world we are designing. In this episode we will talk about these three concepts of accessibility, usability and inclusion that are crucial for designing products and services. 
July 20, 2019
Episode 06 Research in design
Research in design is not different from any other psychological or scientific research. Research help designers to move away from the hindsight bias or ‘know it all along’ phenomenon which can prove to be dangerous specially when we are trying to solve our users problems. Be it attitudinal and behavioral or quantitative or qualitative, research not only opens the door that enlighten us about our users but also help us design better experiences by revealing cultural nuances, beliefs and need. This episode touches upon what it broadly means in UX and the connection it has to our psychological roots.
July 13, 2019
Episode 05 Complex User Experiences
Complexity in design is very subjective.  A design which might look simple can be difficult to understand but a complex looking system sometimes makes perfect sense.  Simplicity and complexity are not competing thoughts rather concepts that can live in harmony. What makes a complex design appear simple is all its bits and pieces organized in harmony thus making it look more cleaner, more understandable and more easy to act on.  In this episode, we will touch upon our perception on 'complexity' as designers and will make an attempt to separate it out from something which is confusing or complicated.
July 5, 2019
Episode 04 Emotional design & Emotional intelligence
Emotional design and emotional intelligence are turning mainstream concepts in design. When the former talks about how we should design products that evoke positive emotions in our user, the latter focuses on being intelligent and mindful of context of these emotions. This episode compares the two concepts and covers how to go about designing for emotions.
June 29, 2019
Episode 03 Conversational UX and the world of chatbots
Conversational UX is not a latest thought. It's happening well before cellphones became a part of our lives. We, humans, are wired for conversations but oblivious to its multifaceted nature. While personal chat is ubiquitous in our daily lives, another groundbreaking technology has slowly and steadily entered in our conversational space and is blurring the boundaries between machines and humans. In this episode, we will talk about how conversation UX and chatbots are posing complex challenges for us designers. 
June 22, 2019
Episode 02 Finding our roots - Part 2
This episode is a continuation of our journey from the previous episode to take a look at some personalities and incidents that carved the design world that we designers live and breathe today.
June 15, 2019
Episode 01 Finding our roots- Part 1
In this episode, we will be doing a time travel to trace our roots in various cultures, civilization, and beliefs, and will try to examine our knowledge of design from a historical lense.  
June 8, 2019
Episode 00 Introducing Immersive Experiences
Welcome to the trailer episode of Immersive Experiences - a podcast for people who live and breathe design. This episode will give you an idea of what we will be talking here. Stay tuned for a ride of full of fun, creativity and loads of learning.
June 1, 2019