If software was physical you’d have to look away 19 Oct 2005
45 comments Latest by dinah
Think about the software you use and imagine what it would look like if it was a physical object. Most software would be a freakish, Chernobyl-style mangled mess. Too many wires, too many blinking lights, too many buttons, too many competing shapes, too many different materials, too many levers and switches and toggles, oh my. You’d feel sorry for it, but you’d have to look away.
Next time you design some software, visualize how it would look if it was a real object. Would you be able to figure out what it does by just looking at it? Or picking it up? Or turning it on? Or would you not know where to grab it, or how to pick it up, or how to turn it on? Would you know which way was up? Or which side was the front or back? Would it be too heavy to move even thought it was supposed to be portable? Would it be square when it says it’s round?
If software was physical it would be so much simpler.