|Re: OT: Objectified|
Message #7 Posted by bill platt on 6 Dec 2009, 8:26 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Egan Ford
That's very interesting.
I like the last film, where the one guy talks about what is essentially the moral imperative of good design. Then the later guy points out (via GPS tom-tom or whathaveyou) that bad design is ubiquitous, yet we don't make a big fight about it.
But I am a cynic about product design. Too much of it is about looks or change for change's sake, rather than for design. My new Toyota has bad reflections in the windshield, the seats are too high, I bang my head on the A-pillar even though the car is larger than the old Corolla in my driveway, the cupholders are sitting on a huge empty box that simply takes up space, the little doors on the storage bins get jammed easily and won't open, and on and on. I like my Toyota, the engineering is good, but the design sucks, if you know what I mean. It is too American for my tastes, ironically enough.
Like why are VCR/DVD players unusable without an easily lost or misplaced remote control? Why can't you page the damn thing like a portable phone? Why can't *all* the functions be accessed from the front panel for when the remote is lost? I asked these questions over a decade ago--nothing changes for the better.
Like portable phones. 5.8 Ghz or some nonsense like that is somehow "progress" when in fact it makes them almost unusable. They are static all the time, and you cannot "peak" the signal by walking just a half step, as you could when the frequency was 49 MHz.
DTV broadcast, when 90% of television is distributed by cable, why waste untold millions switching the last of the broadcast world to a whole new technology that is finicky and impossible to use with weak signals? Utterly stupid.
Cell phones. Don't get me started. How many %#$#^ing flip phones have you broken because of that stupid 28S hinge?
Texting. There's a moron's fantasy for you. Let's pay more, to get less baud rate, and waste our time looking like OCD button-pushers all damn day. Talk about useless user interface design! You can send Morse code on a Bug faster than texting--heck, you don't even need a paddle key to beat the stupid cell phone text!
Design has no hope of changing the world. Never has, never will. We design good stuff, and the bad stuff wins out. Thank you, Bill Gates.
And Apple Mac is the solution? Oh, it's so clean, so fresh, so cool, so modern, but it can't do a damn thing. Nothing useful will run on it. Brilliant!
Linux, Ha! Great for servers but again, what good is it for real work?
In computing especially, design is a total hodgepodge Shamopedia 10,000 monkeys writing Shakespeare kind of fractured absurdity.
I like my 18th century furniture. Still works after a quarter of a millennium. Sort of like the Skin Horse. He may be shabby, but at least he ain't in the trash bin wit hall the mechanical toys.
Edited: 6 Dec 2009, 9:35 p.m. after one or more responses were posted