Usability

Lets start this blog off with a definition of Usability:

Usability is a term used to denote the ease with which people can employ a particular tool or other human-made object in order to achieve a particular goal. Usability can also refer to the methods of measuring usability and the study of the principles behind an object’s perceived efficiency or elegance.

In human-computer interaction and computer science, usability usually refers to the elegance and clarity with which the interaction with a computer program or a web site is designed. The term is also used often in the context of products like consumer electronics, or in the areas of communication, and knowledge transfer objects (such as a cookbook, a document or online help). It can also refer to the efficient design of mechanical objects such as a door handle or a hammer.

Source: Wikipedia

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2 thoughts on “Usability

  1. Why would a Canadian-based blog on usability feature a photograph of a Phillips-head screwdriver? The Robertson head is the standard in Canada. It was invented first, it was invented here, and it is far superior in terms of usability. The Phillips cross-head design is prone to stripping (of both the screw and the tool), whereas the Robertson square-head design never fails. The Phillips design has an unfortunate dominance in the U.S. because Mr. Robertson refused to licence his design to Henry Ford (he had been ‘screwed’ in an earlier licencing arrangement in the U.K.).

    Cheers!

  2. Good observation! Basically my blog moved with me from Germany, where the Phillips head is very common.
    However, with room to improve the usability of this screw head, doesn’t that make it an even better match for the name of this blog? ;-)

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