I took Ferris and Will’s independant study class a while ago, Dr. St. Amant gave a little talk about human-computer interaction. Since then I’ve been all about some usability. I’ve read the Apple and Gnome user interface guides, and other more normal articles about usability stuff. I filed a bug at work for a project where I listed maybe 10 suggestions to improve the UI. I don’t think the developer was very happy…
Anyhoo, since I bought this townhouse I’ve noticed some things that could work better. Mostly dealing with light switches.
The front door
Definitely need a motion sensor on the light here. Or at least a smaller, motion sensor triggered light shining on the keyhole.
The laundry room
You can’t actually go inside the laundry room–it’s just a washer and a dryer behind two of those sliding doors. There is a light in the room that you have to manually turn on. Why not have the light turn on automatically when the doors open and turn off when the doors close?
The closet below the stairs
Same as above. While you can go inside this closet and close the door, why would you want to?
Why not have the light turn on when an infrared sensor detects someone in the bathroom?
THIS IS THE FUTURE, DON’T QUESTION IT