Userfocus Usability Newsletter, May 2014

Welcome to the May edition of the Userfocus usability and user experience newsletter!

Message from the Editor

Ah, May. Bees, blossom… and garden power tools.

What is it with power tools? Mowing my garden is like dragging a dead body around the grass. And starting these devices is like nursing an antique motorcycle to life: it can take so many pulls of the starter cord I'll often feel exhausted before I begin. My car has a button that I press and the engine comes to life. Are garden power tools really that much more complex?

When I spoke to a friend about this, he mentioned that the difficulty in using these tools is part of the experience. It shows you're serious: they're not meant for casual gardeners like me. I think this is a bit like arguing that serious photographers should carry around a wet plate camera and their own darkroom when they go on holiday.

I think there's a niche for power tools for the weedy and clueless. Anyone fancy creating a Kickstarter?

On a different note, this month I've written an article about a comedian's wise words for design teams. I hope you find it useful.

David Travis

Feature article: Eric Morecambe's lesson for user experience teams

Over 40 years ago, comedy duo Morecambe and Wise filmed a now legendary sketch for a television Christmas special. Scratch below the surface of this sketch and you'll discover an important lesson for user experience teams. Read the article in full: Eric Morecambe's lesson for user experience teams.

What we’re reading

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User Experience quotation of the month

“Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.” — André Gide.

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