NotesDigital Ephemera • Updated Saturday, July 6th 2024

This snippet of a blog post idea is from September 2013. I can't recall what exactly inspired this, though I remember I was living in Istanbul at that time. Part of my Digital Ephemera series.

Calling something intuitive is lazy

When it comes to describing user interfaces, you should always make your case. Because x,y,z. A book. A convention we've agreed on and like.

An abstract, logical connection between a UI and a some metaphor, even done brilliantly, isn't intuitive just because you've made the connection.

Never be above teaching, never be above learning. Calling something intuitive without further elaboration is just lazy.