Today is World Usability Day. This year’s theme is “Design for Good or Evil.”
I imagine that most people who have tried to open a child’s toy have experienced the frustrated certainty that the package designer is probably a sadist. I know that can’t be the case, but when I’m 10 twist ties deep into unwrapping each individual joint of a doll so that I can separate it from the cardboard, I just don’t care. (Did you know that there’s an actual term for that frustration now? Wrap rage.)
I’ve been with UX Mastery for a couple of years now and I’ve started to see the world through a lens of whether or not something is designed well. Whenever I buy a new product, I find myself evaluating the packaging to see if someone did a good job with the design. But I see it in more mundane places, too. Even in my favorite coffee cup.
I’d like to know, when you look at the world, where do you see design? Do you only see it while you’re working, or do you notice it in odd places here and there? If you have pictures, that would be awesome! (I threw away the doll packaging or I’d show you that. It was a nightmare!)