Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Does safety have to mean a bad user experience?

The (lack of) usability of one of those everyday things ...

"I vividly remember the “oohs” and “aahs” as my husband and I walked round the swanky kitchen showroom, choosing a new kitchen for our first home. We were very impressed by clever storage solutions, all that sexy granite and chrome, and especially by the drawers that pull themselves shut automatically.

Three years on, the our kitchen looks pretty cool but is a user experience nightmare. You see, we had our new kitchen put in, all shiny hobs and handles. And then we went and had a baby. She’s 18 months now, and the walking, talking centre of our universe, but to keep her safe, we’ve had to basically undermine all the best UX features of our original kitchen design by fitting a series of ugly, clunky, and most of all, unusable, child-proofing devices."    (Continued via Making Life Easy)    [Usability Resources]

Usability of Childproof Safety Latch - Usability, User Interface Design

Usability of Childproof Safety Latch


Anonymous naintara_land said...

Hi, thanks for linking to this :-) Just to let you know, that I took the original article down for a while - it's back up, but means that your current link doesn't work.

12:53 PM  

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