So you say you want some brutalism?(s-i-l-o.fr)

2 years ago from Ken Em

  • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, 2 years ago

    "Usability" is relative. A ladder is less "usable" than an elevator, but they have different purposes and use cases.

    I think your critique is totally valid (and I'm not saying that's what you're doing), but I also want to push back against usability as a hammer to beat down any new or weird idea that doesn't conform to established patterns or expectations.

    19 points
    • Andrew C, 2 years ago

      He’s not comparing ladders to elevators here. He’s comparing websites to websites.

      14 points
      • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, 2 years ago

        Yes, however, an commerce website is going to be less useful than a news website when you want to read up on current events (i.e. ladder vs. elevator)

        2 points
        • Andrew C, 2 years ago

          And which use case do you think this style would make more usable?

          1 point
          • Corin EdwardsCorin Edwards, 2 years ago

            A music label whose practice is contextual and experimental.

            A publishing house that combines artists' books, experimentation with printing techniques and web publications.

            1 point
          • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, 2 years ago

            I never said it was usable, I merely suggested that Sacha was not merely comparing websites to websites and offered an example of why the more nuanced comparison of ladders to elevators was appropriate.

            0 points
    • Jan SemlerJan Semler, 2 years ago

      Nice Analysis. My take on it is that nowdays Usability is just a another term that helps driving conversions. Like User Experience. Thing is that a lot of designers currently designing not neccessary for a better usage as for conversions. But that is just an opinion that i got. So therefore every break in the rule is welcome and might helps us questing ourself if we are still with the user. I think we as designers have a responsibility when we designing products.

      -2 points
      • Andrew C, 2 years ago

        Usability is about helping users achieve their goals with the least amount of confusion and failure. Sometimes (okay often) that’s conversions. But ”uuuuser” experience is the point.

        0 points