Tuesday, October 17, 2006

PaperPro Desktop Stapler

Don Norman on the design virtues of his new stapler ...

"Who would have thought it -- a better stapler. This is a great example of how even the most mundane, commonplace commodity can be improved. Staplers look pretty simple and their design has not changed much, until now. Many's the time I have had to redo a staple, pulling out the original, bad staple, and trying to do it right: push straight down, hard -- but neither too slow nor too fast. Bah.

PaperPro completely rethought the operation. On the outside, the stapler looks just like the old-fashioned kind, but try it once and be convinced forever. Pushing down on the top cocks a spring. Then, the spring releases -- bam! -- all the energy at once, and the staple shoots into the paper. Effortless. And in my many uses, never a single failure. And I staple a lot, especially as I crank out draft chapter after draft chapter. My stapler says it can do up to 25 pages, but in actuality, it does a lot more.

Hurrah for those who look at old things in a new light. Brilliant. On top of all, no batteries, no electronics. Just simple mechanics.

The company is called Accentra, and PaperPro is a brand. My stapler also has the name “Prodigy” on it. It’s a new company, so the naming strategy seems to be in flux. But the Stapler is great. Wired Magazine loved it, even though it has no wires (oh, I get it: if something is completely mechanical, why it is wireless. Duh.)"    (Continued via jnd.org)    [Usability Resources]

PaperPro Stapler - Usability, User Interface Design

PaperPro Stapler


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