Sunday, November 12, 2006


Designing for case for ease, elegance, and endurance ...

"John Maeda is a professor at MIT’s Media Lab, and a nationally recognized computer scientist. His early computer art experiments, for example, were a precursor to the interactive graphics common on websites today.

He’s not, by any means, a technophobe. But recently he decided to get a new cellphone, and nearly wore himself out in the process.

"It was killing me," says Maeda. "Choosing a service carrier and the kind of plan I needed. Figuring out the implications of choosing a phone using 'GSM' or 'CDM.' I wasn’t sure what it meant to have a locked phone or an unlocked phone. I gave up. I said, ‘I can’t deal with this.’ It was too complex a process.’’

... "There is huge pressure to make products smarter and more technologically imbued, which ends up almost backfiring," says Allan Chochinov, a designer and partner of Core77. "End users feel they can’t use them. They make us feel dumb or incompetent."

Adding to the confusion is the accelerated life cycle of products these days, in this design-obsessed culture where style and fashion are powerful forces. ‘‘Design is in its premiere decade,’’ says Bill Cockayne, CEO of Change Research Inc., a San Francisco technology design firm and one of the speakers at next week’s design panel. ‘‘Design is in BusinessWeek every week. Design is the new rock star."

Increasingly, products are becoming as "ephemeral" as rock stars."    (Continued via The Boston Globe)    [Usability Resources]


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