Mapping, is it that difficult in life?

Which side should the computer in the computer lab? So many time I have use the computer in a public lab and mistakenly plug in my flash drive to the wrong computer. And realize I am wrong after 5 minutes because I can not find my flash drive folder. I was embarrassed about it. But after couple time, I wonder is this my own false or  can the design of the lab can do something to help me , a graduate student to better find my place. It is place the computer on the right the solution? How about the people who is left handed, will they want the computer on their left? Personally, if the computer monitor have USB port build-in or a extension cable for the USB cable can illuminate this mapping problem once for all. But if the cost is not allowed, we can use a screen -> arrow to indicate the locate of the main computer or just a sticker can be very helpful.

Other example of mapping problem I found is imagine when you try to find a class room for the first time, have you ever pass the door of the class room, then you realize you have passed and have to go back. This happen to my many time. Why can the room signs place before the room? I believe with a little through, we can design product that fit the user nature behavior.

What other real life story which you have encountered some of these usability issues? Next time we design something think about who will use it.


Author: eddyzhuo

Think about your day, seen like brake into two part: online -- offline. And then think about your time when you are shopping in the grocery stores, you will look what is better with a better price. Same thing apply to surfing online, we should be able to identify what is good and bad website, use good product that worthy your time, instead only being passive. Hello my name is Eddy, a master of computer graphics technology student in Purdue University. Let us use the web, think about it, discuss on it, and create a better and friendlier user experience WWW.

3 thoughts on “Mapping, is it that difficult in life?”

    1. Installs computer monitors which USB port build-in or a extension cable for the USB cable can be the easy ways to illuminate this mapping problem. Do you have other ways?

  1. Before reading your full post I thought you were talking about aother kind of mapping and it turns out this post is not about what I had in mind. Anyway, what I was thinking about is also the computer mapping (synchronization) issue we have in Purdue: We use computers across the campus but those computers don’t always have the same file/profile/configuration. I know they are maintained by ITAP or ECN and other different departments but the idea of being able to loggin with one same account should intuitively/conveniently provide the fact that what you have in computer A (files, settings) should also be available in computer B.

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