Weeknotes 19 - Interfaces and affordances
- I usually publish weeknotes at the weekend. Today is Monday, but because it’s a Bank Holiday I think I can get away with it. Bank Holiday Monday counts as the previous week. I don’t make the rules.
- Claire L. Evans described the illustration style that lots of brands recently adapted as Corporate Memphis. It’s such a great name I wish I’d come up with it.
- Windows 95 was good, wasn’t it? It had thoughtful affordances. The story behind the process of designing and developing the UI is fascinating, especially the focus on testing and validating design decisions, taking iterative approach, and using the prototype as a living documentation of design patterns. At the time it was a novel way of making an operating system, borne out of the need to produce a good one in a very short time.
- I couldn’t remember whether I used Windows 95 in Polish or in English. What you need to know about the Poland of my childhood is that it was a poor country that was still getting to grips with this cool new system called capitalism. As such it wasn’t yet recognised as a market ripe for expansion by global megacorps. Physical and computer interfaces weren’t localised unless the products were made in Poland. Video recorders were notoriously hard to program; programming one with an interface in a foreign language was truly a test of character.
- I have been using English as my main (or only) language for so long that when I remember things, it’s usually in English, even if the events took place in Poland. This is obviously weird but definitely makes it easier for me, because I don’t have to translate my thoughts to be able to share them.
- My new prescription glasses are exactly the same style as Fox Mulder’s in the first season of The X Files. Coincidence or a proof of a great sense of style? You decide.
- Someone put Britney’s Toxic on a Mother’s Day Spotify playlist. A bold choice.