Make me think - The design of complexity

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Make me think - The design of complexity

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Make me think! - The design of complexity
1 Background
1.1 The task of the designers was to make technology look pretty.
1.2 The engineers main concern was the function of the machine, not its ease of use. And users had to figure out how they worked.
1.3 Objects became richer and increasingly complex. Designers and engineers simply burdened the users with this increase in complexity.
2 From complicated to simple
2.1 UX designers have found ways to design beautiful interfaces that are easy to use.
2.2 They constantly ask questions such as: What it this really about? How do we perceive this? What is our mental model?
2.3 Designers have been taming complexity for us. They make extremely sophisticated technology appear simple and easy to use.
3 From simple to too simple
3.1 Make our lives easier by using increasingly complex technologies with ever simpler interfaces.
3.2 A gigantic amount of technologies and infrastructure is domesticated by brave designers and engineers who make all this work.
3.3 We are kept in the dark. - don't see what is going on behind the scenes, behind the simple appearance.
3.4 We fail to appreciate and to empathize because we don't understand what is going on.
4 The problem with "user centered" design
4.1 Increasingly wary of the term "user centered design".
4.2 User - "consumer of drugs" - which implies dependance, short-sighted gratification and a reliable source of income for the "dealer".
5 A holistic approach to complexity
5.1 Widen our perspective - Empowerment: Who's having the fun?
5.2 Should the technology grow -- or the person using it?
6 Resilience: Does it make use more vulnerable?
6.1 Highly sophisticated systems work flawlessly, as long as things go as expected.
6.2 The more complex the systems are, the higher are the chances that things go wrong. Less resilient.

A chronic dependance on a combination of electronics, artificial intelligence and a high speed internet connection for the simplest tasks is a recipe for disaster. It makes our lives more complicated, especially when we don’t understand what is going on behind the deceptively simple interface.

7 Empathy: What it the impact of simplification on others?
7.1 A simplified appearance can make us blind to those consequences.
7.2 Knowing about the complexity behind such a decision can be of tremendous value. We need to know things better if we want to be better.
8 Embracing complexity
8.1 We also need further design strategies that help us accept, understand, and interact with complex situations in our lives.
A1 Others
A1.1 Article Author
A1.1.1 Ralph Ammer
A1.2 Original Article
A1.2.1 Make me think! the design of complexity
A1.3 My Feedback
A1.3.1 More necessary, timely and clear interaction feedback.

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