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The Usable Life

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dishes

Making everyday life more usable. Flickr image from swardraws

I heard a charming tip that made me think of the ways people, totally unintentionally, make their lives more usable on a daily basis. I was chatting with a friend about the never-ending task of doing dishes, and bemoaning how as a household of only two people, we create a lot of dishes. My friend mentioned that her household had resolved this problem by giving each person one plate, one fork, one spoon, one knife, and one cup – all color coded. That way everyone was responsible for his or her own dishes. A brilliant usability fix, albeit one that sounds unconventional, and a great example of the iterative improvements we all make to our own lives.

Though, of course, it doesn’t address the issue of who does the pots and pans…

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Written by nicolibrarian

December 15, 2009 at 4:59 am

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  1. But what if your meal includes the need for more than one dish and/or bowl, silverware, etc.? You know, like the 7-course type. 😛

    Amy

    January 2, 2010 at 6:39 am

    • It’s a great point – perhaps it means not getting rid of all your dishes – rather only using them for special occasions. Like so much else in usability and design, it is about trade-offs. Do you sacrifice having too many dirty dishes, end up doing more dishes, opting for the fewer dishes model? Each has a trade-off, and ultimately it’s a decision on what’s best for the audience. Design thinking applies to so much…

      nicolibrarian

      January 12, 2010 at 7:42 pm


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