Sikkim was a landlocked country located in the Himalayan mountains, between Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and Bengal. The kingdom was founded 1642 and though it had close (forced) connections to Britain it stayed independent.
The flag showed a very complex design with a fanciful border and Ashtamangalas (religious pictograms) surrounding the khorlo (prayer wheel) with the gankyil (wheel of joy, like a four-coloured ying-yang) as central element.
As the flag was very hard to duplicate, it was simplified in 1962 and again in 1967. Meanwhile Sikkim became protectorate of the Indian Union, and finally the 22nd State of India after a referendum in 1975.
Happy thanks giving.
Somehow this relates.
There are no Intuitive Interfaces.
There is no such thing as an interface that is completely intuitive. I might even argue that nothing is really intuitive. Synonyms for intuition include words we would never want associated with our professional work of making easy to use software: sixth sense, clairvoyance, second sight.
To say ‘intuitive interface’ is to package the real work of gathering empirical findings into a trite cliche, a wave of the hand, the design industry’s new black box. A thing I don’t like.
As babies we learn motor-skills. We become able to interface through our body with the physical world.
Then as children we learn language skills so that we can interface with people directly and with the information they create.
Once we’ve learned motorskills to manipulate the environment, and learned language to communicate with it, we combine those to interface with physical machines and communicate though them.
The interface skills we learn are prerequisites for learning the next. Depending and extending upon our previous experience. Our ability to interface is a function of our experience.
Using our intuitition is really just to reference our previous experiences. If you are an expert in digging holes, your experience in digging holes will be much more than mine. It will also be much faster for you to recall as it is active and current. I may not appreciate the specifics of your hole digging expertise - such as choice of shovel, technique, soils, roots and rocks - but I will have a sense of your skill. ‘You make it look easy’. You dig holes often therefore you are able to make decisions and assumptions so quickly that I cannot see you doing it. It looks like you have an inuition to dig this hole just so.
I use computers often, so using computers is easy. For me.
I’ve clicked that button with the funny icon, learned what it does (experience), formed an idea of how it might work (mental modal), because I’m familiar with computers. I can now quickly and easily use that button and that idea another time. I might even make it look easy.
We’re not waving a hand to capture the user in an invisible clairvoyant connection with the app. Making an easy to learn interface is to understand the people using it, and what their experience allows them to quickly recall and apply to understanding your interface.
It’s a process of finding a common language of symbols and actions specific to the user and the tool.
What did those plutocrats think was going to happen?
oh, right, just the Q&A was a “bad idea”.
Damn they was going in.
That’s pretty much it right there.