Product Design & Usability

Product Design & Usability

I was reading Kribs’ post on how the Lays chips packet is difficult to open, it started a discussion about product design and usability. And I also read Kingsley’s piece on brigade road in Bangalore, and also another one on blogs and usabilty. It reiterates my belief that usability is not so much about technology; it is about common sense.
Every day at work I see people pushing the door instead of pulling and vice-versa. It is because the push/pull is not consistent; some places you need to pull and in some you need to push.
I went for an excursion last weekend. We had taken a bus. The bus had bucket seats (push-back) but the problem was the knob meant for adjusting your seat was protruding over the seats. One could possibly hurt himself in the wrong place, given it was an overnight journey and it was dangerous especially for the back-seaters. One bump and you might land bang on the seat-adjustment knob. Phew! Talk about common sense!
Read my first piece on doors
Read my second post on Doors
Also see Bad Designs dot com-> Thanks to Madman

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