Wasted Clicks in Badly Written Software
So I'm using some online software for work, a system that I don't normally have to use. I enter a login and password, and then hit the ENTER key on my keyboard. Most web pages or software will recognize this as the same thing as clicking “login” (or “confirm” or whatever the primary dialog box choice is).
This software responded thusly:
What? You're kidding. Nope, I had to click “OK” and click “Login.” Seeing waste like this sure helps you appreciate the “regular” case (or even design that's truly elegant). For the effort that was involved in creating that dialog box (that required two clicks then, for the user), couldn't they have programmed to recognize “Enter” as triggering the “Login” button?
On that topic — a bit off topic, but this is an fun video from the NY Times' David Pogue on simplicity and design…
Simplicity, elegance, Lean-ness. All somewhat related concepts. What if the MIT people had named it “Elegant Manufacturing”?? Unlikely, but something to think about… at least “elegant” doesn't rhyme with anything bad… if it does, I'm sure you'll tell me :-)