Posted by Tom | Filed under 10. The future of New Media Technologies for Marcoms, General Reading & Resources
How much have you thought about the accepted ‘language’ we use for interacting with a computer? Peripheral devices like the mouse haven’t really been around for that long, and yet most of us have a highly refined understanding of what you may or may not be able to do in certain circumstances (this historically varies slightly between Mac & PC users owing to the option to right click).
A recent example I heard highlighting some of these assumptions we have of this shared language of user interfaces was a helpdesk technician asking a caller to “right click and tell him what happened”.
The response was “Nothing. I’ve written click, and nothing’s changed. What now?”
I saw this fantastic example of how you could change how we interact with computers a couple of years ago, and the site’s still live, and still feels very relevant. It’s called Don’t Click It.
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