Random links #10

Written on 18 March 2017, 03:25pm

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5 random links about design

Written on 6 February 2017, 10:31pm

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1. When bad design leads to catastrophes

The Three Mile Island accident was a partial nuclear meltdown that occurred on March 28, 1979, in reactor number 2 of Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station (TMI-2) in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. It was the most significant accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history. […]
The mechanical failures were compounded by the initial failure of plant operators to recognize the situation as a loss-of-coolant accident due to inadequate training and human factors, such as human-computer interaction design oversights relating to ambiguous control room indicators in the power plant’s user interface. […]
Despite the valve being stuck open, a light on the control panel ostensibly indicated that the valve was closed. In fact the light did not indicate the position of the valve, only the status of the solenoid being powered or not, thus giving false evidence of a closed valve.
Three Mile Island accident

2. How to deal with the paradox of choice

Reducing the number of choices for a user has, therefore, become the focus for many of today’s apps. This has been done in a number of ways:
1. Make the options more relevant (personalized recommendations)
2. or go a step further by making decisions on the user’s behalf, totally removing the burden of choice (ex. Google Now)
This notion of making decisions for users has been called “anticipatory design” and has become a topic of debate because of the ethics involved in making decisions on behalf of users
How To Build Honest UIs And Help Users Make Better Decisions


Top 10 modern and good looking websites

Written on 4 February 2012, 12:19am

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The websites below have something in common: they are all modern-looking and there is a lot of attention behind every page. Most important, they are designed for emotion.
Without any other presentation, here they are: