Why we should design things to be difficult to use | Brian Millar | Comment is free | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/04/why-we-should-design-things-to-be-difficult-mastery

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4 thoughts on “Why we should design things to be difficult to use | Brian Millar | Comment is free | The Guardian

  1. Damnit, Ben, you were too fast!

    This is what would have happened: having been attracted by a click bait headline and having bookmarked it for later, I would have discovered that it was merely an obnoxious flyerticle*. I would then have had to google Donald Norman, muttering under my breath, this jerk didn’t even mention Donald Norman, in order to find the superb piece of writing that Ben just saved me the trouble of.

    So are you also a big Norman fan? Let’s talk…

    *£lyertickle, a piece of unpaid-for advertising masquerading as honest journalism

    • oops…. sorry to interrupt your didact tricksiness, Your Didactic Tricksiness 😉

      I don’t know the Don – I just found this paper at some point and find it very valuable. It seems to me to support my campaign against World Appification. Millions of little bits of extremely efficient ways of doing specific tasks, no attention to either end user integration needs or to enterprise architecture and coherence…

      • Interestingly, Steve Jobs did not allow his young children to have iPads. I bet that Stanley didn’t allow his young children to have Stanley knives.

        Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Example: nuclear missiles.

        I use apps. A lot. I refuse to let them use me. Sounds like you should join Jehanne Butler’s crusade. “Thou shall not suffer a machine to usurp the human mind”

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