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X. Distracting Design

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Krug mentions in DMMT (Don’t Make Me Think) that the Web includes a lot of information that humans just skim over. People are usually just interested in what they’re looking for and just skip over what they deem unnecessary or uninteresting. Krug actually gives an example of Gary Larson’s Far Side cartoon about how an owner talks to their dog, Ginger but the only things that come out of the owner’s mouth from Ginger’s point of view is, “blah blah GINGER blah blah blah GINGER blah blah blah” (Krug 23). This incident reminds me of Charles M. Schultz’s Peanuts cartoons and how the teacher just ends up saying “Wah Wah Wah”. We end up paying attention to the things that interest us and our personal lives and everything else is just gibberish to us. Krug then goes onto mention certain people’s dependency on the Yahoo!  search engine and how these people use it to look for everything including inserting entire site urls in the box. I can actually relate because I tend to enter everything into Google. Even though I know that I could just easily insert the url into the internet address bar above, I just end up typing it into Google’s search bar. I tend to associate the internet with Google and Krug mentions the people who insert the urls into Yahoo! tend to associate it with being the internet. I am one of those people who is dependent on search boxes. Everytime I stumble upon a site, I immediately check to see if a search box is available because I want to find whatever I’m looking for in the shortest amount of time. I’ve realized that humans are impatient and usually have short attention spans so the quicker the better which is usually in my case. If a search box is not evident, I just press command F which is the hot key for the find box. I just type in the word or phrase I’m looking for and it scans the page for it thus acting like a search bar. In conclusion, I believe that Krug has got it spot on with his article and how people don’t want cluttered, confusing websites to scroll through that just read “BLAH BLAH BLAH”. 

Below is a clip of the teacher’s WAH WAH WAH and linus’s infatuation with her:


Written by minjikwon

October 7, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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