Next time you’re in a lift.

This week, I’m presenting a session on user interface design at Software Architect.

Now I’ve been boring my long-suffering wife with slides, anecdotes and information about interface design for a while, including rattling on about the design of control panels in lifts (or elevators, if you prefer). So it was wonderfully ironic to be staying in a hotel whilst on holiday last week where the control panel was full of the classics of bad design. After four days of pushing the label, not the button, each time we got into the lift, my wife finally turned round to me and agreed that the design was stupid and that it does actually matter.

(She also got bored of the fact that the lobby was on the 3rd floor, but the traditional “star” button, which she associates with the lobby, was for the 1st floor).

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