Social Media Networks, because they are built on the collective participation of individuals, can only be effectively guided by means of a researched and learned understanding of social psychology. It is the products designer's job to understand how social media ecosystems are likely to evolve, given the interaction of the application constraints with users -- each of which with their own goals, prejudices, social ties, needs for sociality and irrational decision-making.
Design choices affecting application design, functions, and features can only steer individual and aggregate participation within the social network. This class will begin with the basics of social psychology as it pertains to social media and networking sites and give a brief overview of identity creation in the context of social networking theory.
We will discuss design patterns in social media site architecture and their impact on human behavior, and why designs and product owners engaged in building social networking ecosystems must leverage sociology, social network analysis, and behavioral economics to ensure their social media site is design for conversation and engagement.
NOTE: This class isn't just theory, it's theory applied to practice. This means there will be a design challenge which starts in the first session, and carries through the remaining 4 workshops. We will use various UX activities and methods to brainstorm, sketch, critique and validate concepts in a team setting.
User Experience Designer
Will Evans is a leader in the User Experience (UX) and design thinking communities. He is fascinated by complexity theory, Lean, Kanban, and AgileUX. Previously, he was the Manager, Experience Design for TheLadders in New York City. He has over 15 years industry experience in interaction design, inf... view full bio