If it needs instructions …

I saw this yesterday at Garrett Dimon’s site err blog err portal. I don’t know exactly where.


If it needs instructions, it doesn’t work.

I’m not quite sure what to do with that, but it’s stuck in my brain. So I’m playing it off against some great tools/toys I use:

  • iPod: didn’t look at the instruction manual.
  • WordPress: have rarely if ever looked at the instruction manual
  • My MX-6: only when I needed to change a tire for the first time
  • My Harmon/Kardon stereo/home theatre system: holy mother, yes. Please, I never want to set it up again.
  • My Sony DSC-W1: the first few times, yes.
  • Joe’s Goals (review, site): no instructions needed.
  • My cell phone: I never want a new cell phone. I want a new cell phone. I never want a new cell phone. (Lather, rinse, repeat.)

OK. I think I agree.

Now I need to apply that to my little project.

If it needs instructions, it doesn’t work.
If it needs instructions, it doesn’t work.
If it needs instructions, it doesn’t work.

What else is like that?

[tags] usability, HCI, gadgets, user friendly, john koetsier [/tags]

 


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