A question no one has been asking was “What does HEXAD actually stand for?”
Well, I thought it was time to make something up to satisfy that question that no one wants the answer to!
First off, Hexad just means a group or set of six – that is why it was chosen. I needed a name for the User Types for various papers that were being written, and with the help of Dr. Barry Herbert – I settled on Hexad!
However, I don’t like leaving things without some deeper meaning, so have been trying to see if I could make a meaningful acronym from HEXAD. So here goes;
Human Engagement, eXperience and Activity Design.
Contrived, yes. Accurate, actually yes!
The HEXAD was built as a tool to help people better understand their users, but more importantly, it was designed to help people create better experiences for those users. Combined with the gamification elements and mechanics I have spoken about in the past, you can get an idea of how to design engaging activities and experiences for people (humans).
So what started as a personal challenge has actually ended with something that does define, at least partially, the User Types!