Posted on Thu 30 May 2019

intuitive interfaces

There is no such thing as an intuitive interface (to a computer). All interfaces are learned, To the extent that they re-use components and repeat behaviors already learned, some interfaces can be easier to learn.

Somebody quipped “The only intuitive interface is the nipple; after that it’s all learned.” It might have been Bruce Ediger. Doesn’t matter who it was: turns out that humans don’t have much of an intuition for nipples, either. Breastfeeding techniques need to be learned, too. It’s always easier to learn something that lots of other people around you are demonstrating regularly; you also know who to ask for help.

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