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Question for you guys: What are some infuriatingly ill-designed objects in your world?

About a year ago I read a book called The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman, here's the goodreads link  .

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.

Consider these:
         - 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.

So much depends on whether you care about those who use your product. The Japanese understood this with car design in the 1970s. Detroit did not. The US auto industry said this is what we can produce cheap, like it or not. The Japanese said, how can we serve you! It's a matter of selling or listening. Detroit was slow to listen.

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My father's an electrical engineer who specialized in computer engineering, so I know how creative that profession can be. In fact, one of the things he's always said was that the most useful skill he had as an engineer was the ability to read the technical material and understand it. The book he's been writing for the past twenty years is non-fiction about motivation. I have to say, I prefer fiction and poetry.

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