Monday, August 20, 2007

Microsoft: Thinking outside the box

Even the brilliant Joel Spolsky can't get into Office 2007:
It's a hard plastic case, sealed in two different places by plastic stickies. It represents a complete failure of industrial design; an utter F in the school of Donald Norman's Design of Everyday Things. To be technical about it, it has no true affordances and actually has some false affordances: visual clues as to how to open it that turn out to be wrong.

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