The Hybrid Design Approach for UX Designers

A hybrid design approach is when you use AI tools and methods along with the usual way of designing for users.

User-centric principles focus on understanding and satisfying the needs and desires of users, basically through meeting their expectations. A long-established and successful practice — that needs an add-on.

AI-centric (or bot-centric) principles focus on understanding and acknowledging the capabilities and limitations of AI systems.

Broadening the Horizon

A hybrid design approach balances both perspectives and aims to create solutions that are desirable for users and feasible for AI.

With the notion that ‘people design AI’, a hybrid design approach should pay attention to these elements:

  • The goals and needs of the people who will benefit from, engage with, or be influenced by the AI system continue to be the measure.
  • The collaboration and communication between the human and the AI system, such as feedback, guidance, and control.
  • The ethical and social implications of the AI system, such as fairness, accountability, transparency, and privacy.
  • The limitations and determinants of the AI system, such as data quality, bias, errors, and explainability.

The future offers a lot of opportunity and thrill for UX designers, as well as many obstacles to overcome.

AI has revolutionized the UX game and you need to catch up. Experiment and implement new ideas to enhance your design skills and adaptability.

Keep on thinking!

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Be prepared to face new challenges and learn new skills.

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