The Sacrifices in Design

BBC’s Top Gear episode on Rolling a Reliant immediately reminded me of a Mr. Bean episode. If only Rowan Atkinson had been test driving! This video raises so many questions though about the sacrifices we make in design to meet certain needs and not others such as “sudden directional changes and high speed cornering.” In design, you have the user, the context, and the product. The product may alter the user’s behaviour (remember to take it slow around the corners) but the context, particularly in driving, frequently changes. So when your neighbour’s cat darts across the road…what do you do? Read more the Reliant Robin.

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