Philosophy of UX. Theories of perception for game design


Philosophers spent centuries wondering about the nature of perception. Recently scientists coming from different subjects joined the debate. These interdisciplinary field of study is called cognitive science. However, there is one discipline left out that in the last decades showed interest in perception, the design. The publication of The Psychology of Everyday Things in 1988 by Donald Norman caught a trend among designers in those years. The idea of Norman is that a good design is strictly connected with a satisfying experience of the user; and to design a satisfying experience, the designer has to know how the experience and the perception work. This is how UX design came to light. In this paper I am going to question which perception theory, between different forms of representationalism and antirepresentationalism, is the most convenient in the UX design; in order to reach my goal I am going to analyse the conceptual tools that UX designers commonly use, making them clear, refounding them and redefining them through the perception theories. This research hase a double purpose: to clarify the multitude of theories of perception thanks to the design, but at the same time to improve the tools of design thanks to the theories of perception.



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