- How does one decide how much of salt is good taste ?
- Can a recipe designer guide better ?
Amount of salt is important part of taste of many foods. Yet all the recipes, come with a disclaimer – salt to taste !
because salty taste depends on :
1. Salt sensitivity of individual tongue
2. What you eat along (and its saltiness) is dynamic
3. What you eat before and after also matters
This is a challenge for a designer of experiences. Some design parameters have dynamic impact on the final experience.
The following might help :
- Offer multiple versions of design (like shampoo designers do)
- Hire tasters with same sensitivity as end users (or designer him/herself becomes such a taster).
- Allow some variations in dynamic design parameter (Salt) at the end user level.
- Guide end user (by giving samples with corresponding salt levels) so that end user can take an average design to great levels on his/her own.
Designing for great experience requires one to understand the user at much deeper level.