The general goal is to do whatever possible to keep more and more of us logged in wired, dragging us back for more interface time because the more eyeballs, the more money they can sell their ads for; and the happier their shareholders.
The best distracting interface is no distracting interface.™️
Several studies show that the amount of blue-light exposure could have side-effects that may even lead up to cancer. In the short-term, it affects melatonin and causes sleep disorders.
The backlight from watching 18 episodes of Breaking Bad on Netflix in full brightness in bed is the reason why you can't sleep. 😇👍
Principle 1: Embrace Typical Processes Instead of Screens
Instead of forcing people to run/open/tap their screens, design smart systems that are intuitive and work without any learning curve. Preferably automagical.
60 percent of people who stole something during the self-checkout in the UK did that because the scanner didn't work. They just gave up trying.
Don't kickstart the solution by just drawing wireframes. Focus on the overall experience.
An app to open the trunk of my car
📱: Click this button to open the trunk 🙍♂️: but, my hands are full? 🚗: OK! Kick my bumper, and it opens automatically. 🙆♂️: Shut up and take my money!
An app to cool down the interior of a car
📱: Click this button to start cooling down your car parked in the middle of a desert. 🙍♂️: but, I AM AT THE MOVIES WITH MY GF? 🚗: OK! I do it automatically by slightly opening the roof when it's unbearably hot inside. 🙆♂️: THX! Here's a bag of money 💰
Principle 2: Leverage Computers Instead of Serving Them
IBM Blue beat Kasparov in 97' by making a glitchy random choice. IBM stock has raised 3.6% the next day. So, supercomputers were cool back then. They should be even better now, no?
Today, we have much more powerful machines in front of us, but what do they say?
Your password must be at least 18,770 characters long, and cannot repeat any of your previous 30,689 passwords.
Instead of computers serving us, we try our best to satisfy the weird constraints that are non-intuitive. Okay, I want my account to be secure and safe, but can't you help me a little bit?
Machines would understand each other better than any input a human being could produce. Let them communicate and resolve our issues automagically via signals and sensors:
OAuth over complicated login flows with cognitive overload.
Easy-to-understand washing machine modes instead of airplane cockpits.
Principle 3: Adapt to Individuals
We should strive for smart systems that learn from your behaviors and adapt themselves to provide the most effortless experience—dynamically adjusted experiences over constraints.
The information access should be limited, ephemeral, preferably within a time interval. Should be forgotten after utilisation
Be transparent on what you find from there ⬆️ and present options ⬇️ to forget or turn it off.
It's not easy to make the whole system in a perfect automation. It's obvious there are notorious examples like
, but look what
can achieve now. The progress is bitterly real but should not scare you.
Our love for the digital interface is out of control, and our obsession with is ruining the future of innovation.