Idiot Proof

iOS UI appears to be touted as really good and somewhat idiot-proof. This is somewhat my impression of their image anyways.

Today, I had to use an Iphone, logging into my email account (in Safari browser), and then clicked on a link. A new tab opened up, and I wanted to log out of the email. How do I do that? Apparently, I’m a better idiot than I thought I was. iOS baffles me! the UI is too ‘easy’, and it makes me uneasy (and stupid).

A colleague calmly pointed out the little icon at the bottom right for me to click to open the ‘tab’ selections…and another colleague helped me locate the Log Out link within the email.

That brings me to some quotes that I have found online which seems to fit me.

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” ~ Douglas Adams

“If you make something idiot proof, someone will just make a better idiot.”

N.B I’m not saying Apple is claiming to make idiot-proof devices etc. That is just my impression.

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