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In this test, one of the questions asked was, what 2 or 3 software applications do you use the most? When I asked a small group of students, they all came back with the same answer - Microsoft Office.
Now, I prodded them a little and asked, do they use Office more frequently than say, they use, Facebook?
Instantly everyone in the group said, no, they used Facebook a lot more than Office. When I asked do they use SMS Texting more than Facebook, again, a resounding, yes, they text considerably more than they use Facebook.
Here's what I culled from this little survey;
1. Thinking about something as a "Software Application" is old school - an old school notion of a thing I as a user have to comprehend, and engage with.
2. Well designed software interfaces become natural and they are extensions of people, and are only thought of in terms of what value users get from them.
3. Software Application == Computer Interface
4. Useful applications == the high powered computing device that is chained to my person, the smartphone
5. Really successful design patterns focus exclusively on the value and use people get from them and suppress the configuration, architecture and hardware demands - and pick intelligent defaults, settings along with innate function to self-regulate. In effect automating all of the administration so that the prime functional value is all people have to deal with.