Friday, February 26

It's Not You - Bad Doors Are Everywhere

Have you ever run into a door that you really just don't like? Maybe it should be a push when it's a pull, maybe it's very heavy, maybe it's got a smudge that simply never disappears.

Whatever the reason, Vox's Joe Posner and the 99% invisible podcast feel your pain. And they want to talk about it. From the video's description:

There's a door on the 10th floor in the Vox Media office I hate so much. You probably know one of these too. But it's not our fault.

And luckily, Roman Mars of 99% Invisible magically arrived in my cellphone to send me on a cross-country journey to find out the incredible surprises behind this common complaint: 

Don Norman started complaining about doors over 25 years ago. Doors shouldn't need instructions – the shape of them can guide you through just fine. So why do so many doors need instruction manuals right on the side of them? 

When most people complain about something, nothing happens. Don Norman is not most people – he's a psychologist and cognitive scientist. Don Norman thought about, and wrote about his complaints so incredibly thoroughly that he changed the world. 99% Invisible's Roman Mars helps tell the story. 

I think it's safe to say you'll a-door this video. Okay, I'll see myself out.

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