February 20, 2013
“Delightful design attempts to make the work more pleasurable for everyone involved in it, and in doing so, makes the designer and the audience more aware of one another. This seems to be a foolish thing to say, but without the empathy that delightfulness requires, it’s quite easy for the designer to be short-sighted and see the design work as a set of logistical problems to overcome or creative challenges to master, rather than an opportunity to produce something that enhances someone else’s life. The warmth and exuberance of communication and the accommodation to the audience necessitated by delightful design also makes it easier for the audience to spot the presence of the designer in the work. The work becomes more humanized in its tone and effect, so it becomes easy to see that there are people behind it.”
Frank Chimero, The Shape of Design
This may be about design in particular, but I’d stretch it even to the design of our own distance education endeavors….in order to produce transformative learning experiences we must incorporate delight and engagement and in order to connect with our very human students, we must transcend the cold blandness of the virtual environment and find a way to connect as humans. Why yes, being a delightful distance educator sounds like a great thing to me!