Ever since I heard Tomer Sharon talk about “Don’t Listen to Users, Observe Them“, I became very curious by the role of memory in Experience Design. Of course everyone knows the limitations of working memory, thanks to the work of Don Norman on the Design of Everyday Things, but there is something about memory and cognition that has since then intrigued me.
After nearly a year of labor behind the scenes, we have an announcement for you: Explained is finally back! And during this year, we’ve turned our attention to a crucial question: Why can’t we remember what is in the fridge?
Or more importantly, why can’t we remember most of the details of our own lives? Why do an estimated 1 in 3 people suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point? And why, when we go to bed at night, are we overcome with strange visions? Do our dreams actually mean anything, or serve any purpose?
Our minds often feel like a black box. And the stakes of these questions go far beyond the fridge – to our fundamental sense of reality, and what it means to be human. How can we help ourselves, and each other, when our minds betray us? What can we do to take back some control?