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The Lack Of User Centered Design In Common Objects And The Over Complication Of Our World Through Human Invention.

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A friend told me of the time he set his mother’s kitchen on fire. The interface was an imposing row of perhaps seven fancy glass-coated stove burners. Accompanying to the stove burners was a set of seven black, palm-sensitive pads (similar to a laptop’s touchpad).My friend was attempting to fry three eggs. He placed the frying pan on the biggest stove, located on the far left corner and, as his instincts told him, pressed the corresponding black pad. Nothing. Mild Panic. Then after pressing all seven, the one he wanted ignited. Relief.After two minutes, while the eggs were frying, he decided to go and cut some tomatoes and cucumbers to complement his eggs. Then, before he was finished cutting the tomatoes, the whole stove was on fire and the eggs practically disappeared under a cloud of coal-black smoke.He promptly reached for the fire extinguisher behind the door and put out the fire. Subsequently, his mother came in and gave him a good beating for behaving in such a rambunctious manner, while being oblivious to the fact that it was not his fault.How could such a thing happen? A fire-stove has seven pads accompanying seven stoves. To turn one on, you must give it a short press and to turn it off, you must give it a longer press. The pad itself has no labels, who could discover the operation without the aid of the manual? With only one pad to control the operation of the stove, how could one know which one would keep the stoves burning and which one would turn them off?What an elegant design. Why, it managed to do two functions with only one button! But how was a first-time user of the stove to know this?Back in the day, operating a stove (or any other piece of machinery) was as hassle-free as opening a refrigerator. So was using a typewriter, a thermostat, and a countless number of other mundane objects. During the past few decades, however, something as trivial as a door needs a multi-hundred page user-manual. How hard is it to install a door? I have talked with many people who had to bring specialized technicians to install a door for them. What is their job title, ‘door technicians’? This may sound spoiled but once you look beneath the surface at the door’s functions and features, you will know for yourself. Engineers seem to care more about the ‘art’ and the ‘look’ of their gadgets than the use of the gadget itself, which is what all the design revolves around—right?Right?Nope, at least not according to the folks who design and engineer such appliances. Nowadays, designers do not seem to consider what people actually do with things. They are blindfolded by an ocean of innovations that is fogging their view of efficiency. No more do designers ask themselves “how efficient is this thing going to be?” just “how much are we going to sell of this?”A well-designed object should be self-explanatory; it should not need any special skills—besides rudimentary ones, like...

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