People view the world around them and define themselves differently. Experiences are phenomenological and constructed in people’s minds. People make sense of experience design scenes internally and form opinions of these experiences through reflection. Because human experiences are perceived and internally constructed, the process of meaning-making has the potential to override or at least significantly color other aspects of experience design scenes. Within the meaning-making theme, aspects address people’s view of the world as well as their personal, inner selves. Worldviews and social structures shape individual identities, and aspects within meaning-making reflect this relationship between the “outside” and the “inside.” (Berger and Luckmann, 1990).

The meaning-making theme compiles aspects from a range of disciplines that seek to answer how people developed and their beliefs. These aspects are social—collected from empirical research that describes how people are formed based on their interactions with people, objects, and contexts. Meaning-making directs designers’ gaze toward how people learn who they are and how they relate to others in society.

What control do you or others feel of their situation?

How connected do you or others feel with one another?

How confident do you or others feel about completing activities?

Dennis Cheatham

Associate Professor, Communication Design

Miami University

Updated: June 17, 2024 8:35 pm
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