links for 2007-08-14

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Kars Alfrink

Kars is a designer, researcher and educator focused on emerging technologies, social progress and the built environment.

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  1. Final­ly dis­cov­ered the Wii Help Cat? ;-)

    The Wii Help Cat is the best exam­ple I can think of of play­ful mas­tery dri­ven inter­ac­tion design, as danc puts it. I use it all the time to show to col­leagues when I’m try­ing to make a point, but they don’t like it because you have to put in an effort to catch it. The entire con­cept of hav­ing to catch a cat to get help is so counter-intu­itive to them that they write it off as … counter-intu­itive. While in this con­text, it’s one of the best, most inno­v­a­tive design ele­ments in a UI I’ve seen.

    I wish I knew how to intro­duce these kinds of UI ele­ments to oth­ers.

  2. All cred­its for the help cat go to you Rahul. I’ll be sure to include you in the thank-you list on my pre­sen­ta­tion. :-) The rea­son I book­mark it now is that I only book­mark stuff I actu­al­ly read/try/watch/whatever. It took me a while to catch up with this.

    You’re right, it is a chal­lenge to sell these kinds of designs. I haven’t tried it much yet either. I do think I’ve gath­ered a list of some per­sua­sive argu­ments though, so who knows, maybe once I pub­lish it, it’ll be of some help to you.

    Oh and by the way: I tend not to lis­ten to peo­ple using argu­ments like “incon­sis­tent” and “counter-intu­itive” with­out being able to pro­vide prop­er def­i­n­i­tions of the terms involved. ;-)

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