[LINK] Jobs not all bad

Fernando Cassia fcassia at gmail.com
Mon Oct 10 20:28:47 AEDT 2011

On Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 06:16, Ivan Trundle <ivan at itrundle.com> wrote:
> A good example: as a designer, I'm amazed at what people are doing on iPads in the artistic space. Partially because it ain't Photoshop, and partially because art interfaces on the iPad are moving in a totally different direction to Photoshop.

I wasn´t speaking about the "touch" interface aspect of ATMs, but
rather the "one screen at a time, one question at a time" user
interface paradigm. THAT requires virtually no "learning". But as you
progress to do more complex jobs, at some point the user has to "LEAN
*SOMETHING*". There is no such thing as "learn-free" computing. Even
by trial and error, it takes a bit to get used to software.

In fact, "touch" like interfaces have existed for years, starting with
the "light pen" used on CRT TVs and 8-bit computers (you could "draw
on the screen" by using a "pen" with a photodiode at the tip, which
detected crt scanlines and as such the pen´s position on the screen).
Then came drawing "tablets".

My point, thus, is that "dumb" interfaces at some point need to be
expanded to more "complex" menus, ie to slect drawing tools on a
graphics drawing app.

This comes in response to your statement of "I look forward to the day
when technology (including computers) simply work, and without the
need to have a support department"

OK, enough discussion for me, don´t want to pollute this list with a
never-ending debate. :)


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