If we look back on previous years, some pretty great things happened in the field of User Experience. The number of practitioners has continued to grow, new specialists (like UX writers) have emerged, and the lexicon of interactions has evolved with shrinking interfaces.

With such an exciting time for User Experience designers, what can we expect in the future?

A tectonic shift. Here’s why:

When we think of UX designers, it’s almost always someone responsible for the design of apps and websites. The screen is their medium.

UX might seem like a new thing (the term came about only a few decades ago), but the design of experiences has been a part of every day life long before the digital age. It isn’t bound to a single medium. Nor is designing for them.

Rather, experiences are spatial or time-based compositions that engage the senses, attention, emotions or perceptions. Limiting what we consider to be an “experience” to only what we see on a screen is, at a minimum, undermining what it means to be human. Our experiences extend beyond what Apple, Google, Netflix or Facebook create for our devices.

Imminent is the time that UX designers break from screens as the medium of their craft. By creating experiences go beyond making something “user-friendly” or “easy to use.”

Rather, with the array of emerging technologies, the design of experiences of tomorrow will do what experiences like art, film, music and architecture have done for us throughout human history. Raise our spirits, improve our well-being and bring us closer together.

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Christopher Burns