Elizabeth  Buie 

Senior UX Consultant at Sigma

With more than 30 years of UX experience, Elizabeth has consulted on projects ranging from public websites, to social media apps, to touchscreen kiosks, to air-traffic control systems for the International Space Station, with user populations as broad as the worldwide public and as narrow as NASA spacecraft controllers.

Opening the Door: An Exploration of Design for Transcendent User Experience

Presented in collaboration with Alastair Somerville.

Experiences of wonder, awe and transcendence cannot easily be described in words; they cannot be planned or anticipated but only invited. Designing to support them, therefore, cannot use the direct approaches of classic UX methods but requires instead an oblique approach. We have to use new methods.

Elizabeth Buie and Alastair Somerville will offer participants in this workshop an early look at some exciting new tools and techniques aimed at supporting this breathtaking new area of practice. Elizabeth developed these tools at Northumbria University’s School of Design, as part of her PhD research on design for transcendent user experience (TUX). This collaborative workshop will give participants the opportunity to experience a preview of these emerging design tools and to help shape them for the future of interaction. It will provide the very first look at these tools outside of the university environment.