This book covers the things we don't often think about when we're navigating our lives- the design decisions that weigh on us, frustrate us, and make us feel like we're completely incompetent.
- Light switches that don't correspond to the location of the lights they operate (the lights closest to a door operate the lights farthest from the door), so you're constantly turning lights on and off before you get the right one.
- Door handles with no obvious way to operate them (push? pull? is there a latch?)
- Hotel rooms with thousands of "do not hang" signs on sprinkler heads, yet still nowhere to hang clothing from
- Thermostats with no indication that the system has responded to a change in the temperature setpoint.
- Online forms that will only accept a phone number if you put (XXX)-XXX-XXXX, and throw a hissy fit when you enter just the numbers
There are a lot of cases where the design of user interfaces seems completely devoid of consideration for the user. Can you imagine a world where our products are designed to meet us where we are? Where designers are not reliant on the ever impressive ability of humans to adapt?
This is something that shows up in depictions of futuristic fictional scenes. Characters have seamless interactions between them and their technologies. The Expanse tv show comes to mind for me here. The seemingly careless gestures the actors use to control screens and portable communication devices is impressively futuristic. This is one of the subtle, yet stark differences between our world, and theirs.
So tell me, what are your user interface design frustrations? Maybe we can use this information to assist in futuristic world building.
I've been a member of this little community for maybe two days, and I'm already completely thrilled with it. I've read more, written more, and enjoyed interacting with more people than I have in an incredibly long time.
Someone anonymous even gifted me a year of an upgraded membership. I can't believe the warm welcome I've received, and I'm so encouraged to use every feature of this gift. If you're reading this, thank you, thank you, thank you.
I remember my 5th grade graduation, because I told a whole room full of strangers that I was going to write a book more famous than Harry Potter. I waltzed across the stage, confident in my skills thanks to teachers who read and praised my work, and knew I could do it.
That was so many years ago, I don't even know the count. I haven't written since, until now.
I'm joining writing.com as an adult. A full time licensed engineer, caught within the emotional rollercoaster that is living through multiple apocalyptic large scale disasters, who really just needs more creativity in her life.
Maybe I'll write a book some day. Maybe I won't. All I know is, I stopped writing because people stopped reading, and I'm hoping you can help me get back into it.
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