Noticing Things That Are Broken

I came across this video yesterday. It is a presentation given by Seth Godin at the Gel Conference in 2006. He gives a slideshow of things poorly designed, the reasons why they are that way, and sometimes tells how to fix them.

Other than being hilarious at moments, the video reminded me about the importance of functionality. When designing anything it is important to give thought, consideration and ample time for reflection of your possible solutions. To truly design things well does take time: Time to see flaws, loopholes, and incorrect assumptions.

If you don’t invest the time, you end up with crap.

Here is the video. Truly worth watching and please share with others.

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  • Ah yes, but sometimes when you invest too much time you end up with nothing.

  • Ah yes, but sometimes when you invest too much time you end up with nothing.

  • Hey John,
    Are you referring to projects that end up not coming to fruition? We both know a few of those.

    Your comment makes me think of Godin’s other book “The Dip.” (looks like I am bowing to Godin, I’m not a ‘true follower’ but do find some of his ideas interesting) Perhaps one has to know when to quit and get out before spending too much time on things that will not bear fruit.

  • Hey John,
    Are you referring to projects that end up not coming to fruition? We both know a few of those.

    Your comment makes me think of Godin’s other book “The Dip.” (looks like I am bowing to Godin, I’m not a ‘true follower’ but do find some of his ideas interesting) Perhaps one has to know when to quit and get out before spending too much time on things that will not bear fruit.