I gladly admit that I’m a usability geek, which means that sometimes, the most important things for me may be small and insignificant for others. I encounter this every day. Here are two examples from today.
Our new dvd recorder at home is not very intuitive to use so normally I control it when our kid wants to see something on it. Today I forgot to set the timer, and called to ask my wife do it. While she was frustrated on the trouble I had to put her through, i focused on some useful usability observations:
- My phone registered the call duration at 9 minutes and 33 seconds for talking her through how to create a timer on the dvd (including the 45 seconds startup time).
- I had a chance to confirm the usability issues I have seen and written about earlier (and want to write more about).
- I regretted that I did not record the call, so that I could have been able to use it later.
I’m active in our Copenhagen Ruby user group. The meeting today was labeled “October 07” (07 because it’s a monthly meeting this year), and I immediately started thinking “why is that meeting moved from the 7th to the 24th. So now all our meetings in the Copenhagen Ruby User group are renamed “October 2007”, etc
Yes, I’m a usability geek and I’m proud of it! I guess that comes with the job :)