The art of integrating UX and interior design through apps
The concept of interior design goes back more 3000 years to the practice of feng shui, using design styles in our space to add mental clarity and general comfort to our daily lives.
However, with advances in technology and humans in general and the time spent indoors, interior design and the way we interact with our space is changing at a rapid pace.
A third of American workers say they have found themselves to be more productive and feel an increase in their well-being working 9 to 5 from home. And with the prediction that 25% of the workforce will be permanently distant by 2025, others are beginning to understand exactly what they need in their happy and healthy family space.
After spending more time in our comfortable surroundings, we have learned to ask ourselves what works, what doesn’t, and what feels good when we’re facing our co-workers in the office or snuggling up on the couch. while watching a movie. in the next room. This has caused us to become more attuned to differentiating or calibrating our wants and needs.
Along with this increase in time spent indoors, the world has become progressively more aware of how to re-approach the functionality of their living space and the overall expression of style. Add to that technological advancements over the years, and you begin to see the result of rapid integration merging the overall user experience with traditional interior design methods.
Keeping user experience in mind throughout the customer interaction process can naturally increase users’ understanding and overall clarity of what they want from a living or working space they are planning. to embellish and rethink. Pair this process with an empathetic designer and you have the perfect opportunity to enhance the optimal usability of your space without sacrificing taste in the process.
Tailor-made spaces adapted to usability and taste: how do designers guarantee an optimal UX?
Much like traditional UX design when creating an app or website, an interior designer’s first point of contact with the user is all about discovery – looking for the emotive reason. for which he decided to take the path of transformation in his house.
In this process, communication about goals, wants and needs, in terms of design and overall functionality, is critical to the user experience process.
Outside the home, in business environments, brand identity or appearance is also highly considered, prioritizing corporate tone and culture throughout the branding process. design.
Visual and voice communication is the key to unlocking the perfect castle
Rethinking a space to which we can be attached can quickly become a complicated and overwhelming experience. Therefore, prioritizing UX processes early on in a project is essential to ensure users can actually visualize their dream living space before making any commitments.
To visually communicate creative ideas and flow, designers can showcase physical product samples of flooring or tile, or produce a mood board or prototype to a client during a redesign to avoid any setbacks on line.
Marie Kondo of KonMari.com said once, “Each item should be enjoyable and easy to access. Only you can know what kind of environment makes you happy.
Therefore, ensuring in-depth and creative questioning from the early stages of a project, such as ‘What is the most important factor you consider when selecting your favorite furniture?’ and ‘What’s the first thing you do when you start decorating your room?’ can help uncover the inner depths of users’ personal creative process, to understand what environment will make them truly happy and fulfilled.
It is also essential to consider the background or culture of the user.
Some cultures may even perceive particular color meanings differently, so keep that in mind. For example, the color red in some Asian communities symbolizes luck and fortune. However, red is reminiscent of violence and mourning in some African cultures.
Considering all aspects, whether big or small, during the initial discovery process or throughout the project, will help integrate the needs and wants of the user while remaining sensitive to all cultural, social or physically/mentally limiting aspects of their daily life. living.
Balancing needs and wants is a sensitive and empathetic art form
We have a sense of thriving in environments that prioritize efficiency, productivity and overall simplicity. So naturally, when it comes to design, we have to learn to incorporate the basic human need for comfort and functionality alongside our favorite teal green or old grandma’s chair that we want to keep in the family. We need to help users integrate our needs and wants and merge them into one, respecting the limits, of course.
Take indoor plants, for example. Not only will they bring a lively and colorful design look to even the most bland of environments, but they will also add physical and mental health benefits such as reducing feelings of stress or improving air quality in the smaller, stuffier houses.
It is essential that interior designers use all their empathy to create a space that resonates with the user and how they want to feel and thrive there. Other vital factors to consider may be: What activities will take place at home? Is the user social? Will they host? Or maybe the user is more introverted, thus spending a lot of time indoors alone. How can we make it comfortable in this regard? Does the user have any disabilities, physical or mental, that will need to be considered when designing a space?
Or let’s say the user expressed that they struggled to be in their space during the winter months due to a lack of light. They suffered from seasonal depression. How can we open up this space to bring in enough sunlight during the user’s darkest time?
By discovering this type of information, designers can improve the user experience by solving this problem. Using brighter interior colors, turning off lighting, harnessing the power of mirrors to reflect light, or simply adding greenery will improve the mental health of users if they struggle during the winter months.
How to capitalize on the influx of technological advancements
Some users may like to scroll Pinterest or subscribe to Architectural Summarythe monthly subscription of to be filled with inspiration. Yet, when it comes to home decorating, some may be shocked at how complicated, time-consuming and expensive the process is.
User-facing apps such as DecorMatters or Havenly use augmented reality to allow users to upload images of their home space. These hurdles can be quickly overcome by viewing their real-time design options with just the click of a few buttons. They can see what that sofa they may have been interested in last week looks like against their exposed brick wall, allowing options to visualize their redesign without financial or physical commitment.
These apps also focus on UX processes, offering live customer support with real qualified interior designers who use a large amount of bespoke and bespoke findings, offering ongoing and genuine support. Other apps like RoomScanPro even allow you to measure your dimensions and walls, just by touching the surface of your phone.
What do we expect to see in the future?
As augmented and virtual reality advances, options to provide more immersive UX experiences, such as using VR headsets to enter the visual realm of a dream project or using projections holographic displays in large open spaces to house virtual reality showrooms, will also increase. And with immersive meeting spaces like the Metaverse, users can meet across the world and be completely immersed in what you have to offer.
While it is common to fear the rapid pace of progress in our technological society, leveraging it to our advantage can create a more immersive and accessible user experience for our interior design clients in the future.
Farris Wu is founder and CEO of DecorMatters. He is a multidisciplinary entrepreneur who is successful in three sectors: consumer technology, venture capital and commercial real estate. Prior to DecorMatters, Wu co-founded and served as Managing Director of ZenStone Venture Capital to connect China’s capital and innovations in Silicon Valley. Wu was named among the top 20 cross-border venture capitalists by China Venture and Hurun Midas List in 2016. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS and MS from the Institute of Technology. from Harbin, China.