Held at IxDA Berlin, Nov 19 //
What do you feel when you hear the B-word?
The term „brand” often translates to us designers as “annoying regulations from the marketing department” or “some generic Powerpoint voodoo before we get to the real thing”.
But most of all, as Marty Neumeier put it, a brand is „a person‘s gut feeling about a product, a service, or an organization“. A gut feeling that will affect this person’s decisions and actions. That’s why organizations care about their brand and try to influence how people feel about them.
Now trying to influence people’s gut feelings about a product or service is something we’re quite familiar with – we call it “Experience Design”. That’s why we shouldn’t leave the task of caring about the brand to marketers alone and just grudgingly follow their style guides. The interactive products and services we design will influence our user’s brand perception more profoundly than award-winning campaigns or fancy image videos can.
So if brands are such a big deal and we’re all at least co-shapers of brand perceptions – deliberately or not -, why does the B-word almost never appear in our UX discussions and frameworks? In this talk, I’d like to share my ideas on how we can leverage the brand perspective to make sound design decisions and create better experiences.