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Best of Usabilla 2011: A Roundup of Our Favorite Posts Theory

Best of Usabilla 2011: A Roundup of Our Favorite Posts

What a year it was! While working on some very cool stuff we have to show you in 2012, we also have some time for introspection. Hereby an overview of our favorite articles. We had a lot of fun making the blog what it is now, and are eager to keep at it in the new year. Thank you so much for reading, and stay tuned for a lot more!
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The Paradox Of Technology And 5 Ways To Avoid It Design

The Paradox Of Technology And 5 Ways To Avoid It

Does our life become easier with every new invention on the market? I don’t think so. New technology presents us with great possibilities and limitations at the same time. Let’s have a look at this quote:

  • The same technology that simplifies life by providing more functions in each device also complicates life by making the device harder to learn, harder to use. This is the paradox of technology.

— Donald Norman, The Design of Everyday Things (1988)

What Norman said about technology in 1988 is still valid today. Our economy, educational system and our social interactions have changed dramatically with available technologies. In order to stay competitive, products become more and more ingenious, their features adding up. The idea is to make our lives easier. But does it work?

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