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Experience Designers: The New “It-Designers” Using Innovation in the World of Design

Updated: Jun 29, 2023


Experience Designers: The New “It-Designers” Using Innovation in the World of Design

In the world of design and innovation, experience designers are the new "it-designers" and professionals. These creative masterminds are responsible for crafting engaging and meaningful experiences for a variety of audiences.


From product design to virtual reality, experience designers use their expertise to push the boundaries of what is possible, creating impactful and memorable experiences that leave a lasting impression.


What is the Role of an Experience Designer?


At the core of an experience designer's work is the ability to understand the needs and desires of the people who will be engaging with the brand, product or experience. They use design thinking and user-centered design methodologies to gain a deep understanding of the audience, and then use this knowledge to craft experiences that are tailored to those needs.


This approach ensures that the end result is not only functional and useful, but also emotionally engaging and satisfying.


Creating Better Products By Design


One of the most exciting areas where experience designers are making an impact is in product design. Whether it's a physical product like a kitchen appliance or a digital product like a mobile app, experience designers use user-centered design methodologies to create products that are tailored to the needs of the user.


Experience designers carefully review and pay attention to factors such as ergonomics, usability, and emotional appeal to create products that are not only functional but also a pleasure to use.


Designing the Customer Experience


Another area where experience designers are making a significant impact is in service design and marketing. Experience designers are responsible for crafting the customer experience, from the initial engagement to post-purchase follow-up.


They use design thinking and user-centered design methodologies to understand the needs and desires of the customer, and then design a service that is tailored to those needs. This approach ensures that the service is not only functional but also emotionally satisfying, leading to increased customer loyalty and satisfaction.


Findings and data that are used by experience designers are also deployed in CRM campaigns aimed at retaining customers and informing them of new offerings.


Information Design: UI/UX Design and Website Design


An area that may be most critical for having the help of an experience designer in the digital realm. They are responsible for crafting the digital experiences that are engaging, intuitive, and satisfying through device interfaces.


From websites to mobile apps, experience designers use user-centered design methodologies to create digital experiences that are tailored to the needs of the user. They pay attention to factors such as usability, accessibility, and emotional appeal to create digital experiences that are not only functional but also a pleasure to use.


Have you gone shopping online for a specific product and found it easy to locate on a website and make a purchase and check-out? Chances are a team of experience designers where hard at work on the interface and functionality to make the experience a pleasant one.


Strategies Used by Experience Designers


Experience designers are shaping the future of design and innovation but what about their process? Experience designers us a combination of logic and creative tools.


1. User-Centered Design Methodologies


Experience designers use user-centered design methodologies to gain a deep understanding of the audience, and then use this knowledge to craft experiences that are tailored to those needs. This approach ensures that the end result is not only functional and useful, but also emotionally engaging and satisfying.


2. Design Thinking


Experience designers use design thinking as a problem-solving approach, which allows them to understand the user's needs and create a solution that meets those needs in an elegant and effective way. This process helps them to empathize with the user, define the problem, ideate, prototype, and test the solution.


3. Iteration


Experience designers continuously iterate on their designs, testing and refining them until they arrive at the optimal solution. They use various testing methods such as user testing, usability testing, and A/B testing to gather feedback and make improvements. This process allows the designer to identify problems early on, and make adjustments before it's too late, leading to a better final product or service.


Typical Job Titles of Experience Designers


There are a few job titles that are most often related to experience design, and they are not exactly the same. All of these roles have the common goal of designing an experience that is valuable, usable, and desirable for the end user.


  1. User Experience (UX) Designer: A User Experience (UX) Designer focuses on the overall experience of a product or service.

  2. User Interface (UI) Designer: User Interface (UI) Designer focuses on the design of the product's interface.

  3. Service Designer: A Service Designer focuses on the design of a service, including the touch points between the service provider and the customer.

In conclusion, experience designers are the new it-professionals, pushing the boundaries of what is possible to create impactful and memorable product and brand experiences.


They use design thinking and user-centered design methodologies to gain a deep understanding of the audience, and then use this knowledge to craft experiences that are tailored to those needs.


Whether through product design, service design, or digital design, the goal is to create an experience that is not only functional and useful, but also emotionally engaging and satisfying.


Experience designers are shaping the future of design and innovation and the champions of change. Using existing tech tools and social technology, along with emerging new tech tools like AI, they work within industry and organizations to collaborate and agree on what is essential to positive growth and outcomes at every phase of service for the customer experience.



Written by Mary Ellen Schrock for Floh Creative.


Mary Ellen is the Chief Disruptor of Floh Creative. A bright, intuitive creative she has a passion for solving complex design and business challenges, and brand storytelling. Mary Ellen’s 20+ years of business strategy and creative problem-solving experience working with Corporate, Fortune 50 and Entertainment giants has created household name and recognizable identities for Coca-Cola, Oprah Winfrey, and Disney. She's been the creative force behind the successful brand launch campaigns for Lotus Cars, Disney - The Lion King Broadway, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.


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