I made this map as a one-page visual representation of my PhD chapters. It gives some grounding & high-level takeaways into my research about new design methods, and design frameworks, that can guide us as we build transition-focused products.
My research certainly is grounded in academic work and theory, but it is also meant to be practical, for use to make more engaging & human designs.
One of the main takeaways from my PhD is the need for designers to craft conversational experiences, in which they & the product they design are talking back to the user (and the user talking with them).
To make products that have distinct and inviting characters, the designer has a lot to play with — routines, rituals, performances, narratives. These may sound abstract, but they’re all grounded in people’s lives. The designer should be aiming to weave their design into these parts of people’s lives.
Designs that are made to link into people’s routines, rituals, performances & narratives, so that it’s engaged with them, so that they’re context-aware, and that they will support people as they go through micro-transitions (during the course of their day) and through macro-transitions (their big life shifts).