In order to familiarize myself with Pink’s work, I read through ‘A Whole New Mind’ in a few days. It was a very long but interesting read and gave me a new some great new insights into the human psyche. While I can’t say I’ll always actively remember all the concepts presented, I do think it’s affected the way I think things through.
In my essay, I decided to look beyond just Pink’s work. As my topic was persuasive design in relation to video game, it was a little hard to find any relevant research. I ended up scanning through lots and lots of papers on persuasive design to find what I needed to know. I ended up only using 5 other sources on design philosophy, but I’ve learned so much from so many other papers during this research phase.
Aside from just doing research on the persuasive design philosophy, I also decided to reach out to several members within the gaming industry and an UXD expert/teacher that I knew. I got a lot of interesting insights and feedback from that, which I incorporated into my essay as well.
Overall, the experience of writing this essay was quite fun despite the fact I usually really dislike writing essays. I think most of that can be attributed to the fact that I learned a lot of things in the process of writing this that I feel I can actually apply on real projects.