Quote: "The stereotypical product image for seniors entails bigger buttons, bigger text, and bigger screens. When it comes to designing for the elderly, it is not necessary to dumb down technologies". A presentation by Carina Ngai at SXSW2013
Loved this one. The japanese have a view of aesthetics that's called wabi-sabi, which I'll try to explain it -poorly- as "the beauty of imperfection", which is so different than our western view of things (more on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi). We tend to pair beauty and perfection, at least when we try to articulate it.
However... Didn't you notice that a lot of older things tend to feel better, although there wouldn't be perfect for today standars? A great example are old records. There is no new record that beats an old record. The Beatles, Dylan, Miles Davis they are at their best in the old records. And if you listen closey you can hear the small errors, the imperfections, but you don't care. They are better imperfect.
So there is a beauty and uniqueness to imperfect things, Chris Stanley said it, it's like life itself. That's one reason to embrace errors. But errors also are also learning opportunities, so if we dare to err we may learn new things.
Can we teach people to lose fear to mistakes? To try more things?
I really liked both comments. I think they added two interesting themes to explore:
- How may we crate an environment where kids feel safe to express and communicate themselves as they are? - How may we help them adopt different tools (drawing, playing, music) also as a way to express and communicate.