Readability.

If life came with a manual what would it look like? How about reading? How do you learn from a manual on reading if you don’t know how to read yet? According to many there’s a great value in keeping things simple. So much so that it’s one of the means of leveraging opportunities – by making them simpler.

This is part two of ‘Working with Abstractions’, start here.

My last post was an example of something that may not be very readable to many people. As I know now this a much more readable example. That being said, there is a lot to be learned from Chris Brady and others around him. He is considered a thought leader after all.

Have you considered what makes something readable? It’s not uncommon to see something regarded as ‘intuitive’ when it’s meant to be easy to use. What’s easy to use today might have been a huge hassle a few years ago. As more people continue to demonstrate complex ideas in simple manners we may see more of this.

Something ‘intuitive’ must not be confused with is conditioned responses. Like the music that appears to be chaos to the untrained ear, there may be things that are easy to use that aren’t considered ‘intuitive’. ‘intuitive’ itself might not point directly to a use of the intuition, other than letting you act without having to think about what you’re doing – like flipping a light switch. When’s the last time you thought about how you flipped a light switch? And if everything is easily spoon fed for you, how would you ever go about making a spoon for yourself?

Chris Brady

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