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  • Writer's pictureHimadri Sur

Where UX came from?

Updated: May 17, 2023


Few thousands of years ago Feng Shui philosophy came in China. Feng Shui is all about arranging your surroundings in most optimal harmonious or user-friendly way - be it an office, bedroom or the entire building. Unlike an interior designer who might arrange the furniture in a way that makes it easy for the inhabitant to navigate the room, a UX designer designing apps would apply similar principles to the app designs with a common goal to create an intuitive, user-friendly experience.


How UX Came
How UX Came

Back in 500BC, in Ancient Greece Hippocrates described how a surgeon's workplace should be setup which is an excellent example of ergonomics or human factors or scientific discipline concerned with understanding interaction among humans and other elements.


Few forward a thousand years in 1911, Frederick Winslow Taylor, a mechanical engineer wrote "The Principles of Scientific Management" where he asserted that systemic management is the solution to inefficiency.

In 1940, Toyota developed their famous Human Centered Production System where they brought attention to the importance of human interaction with machines creating the optimal working environment.


In 1966 Walt Disney planned Disney World which is a near-perfect user experience and a true stroke of UX genius.


Psychologists and engineers started working together to focus on the user experience in the 1970s and GUI and Mouse came out of Xerox's PARC research center. In 1984 Apple launched its first mass market PC, named Macintosh with graphical user interface, built-in screen and mouse.


By then it was practiced without any name. Donald Norman, a cognitive scientist joined the team at Apple in early 90s as User Experience Architect. He came up with the term "User Experience Design" as a way of encompassing all that UX is.


Since then the practice for UX has a consistent growth. From Artificial Intelligence to Voice Tracking devices, from Virtual Reality to non-conventional interfaces, UX is everywhere. User in the front, user in the middle is considered in UX where user gets all the attention and where user or customer satisfaction is prioritized, business grows automatically. Following this principle demand for UX is getting higher in almost all businesses.


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