Hi DN community,
I need your advice. For as long as I can think of my career was developing software. I started on the Mac and then moved to iPhone OS which became iOS later. I’ve been doing this mostly for clients as a freelancer, some times as an employee.
I want to change that. Products today are getting more and more complicated. It has gotten worse in the last few years, even for brands that were or are praised for their usability. iOS is so complicated at this point, I—a long time developer and user—get confused how to achieve things. I get lost in the countless hidden gestures, taps or other interactions. Our industry is running in the wrong direction in my opinion. Instead of adding more and more features, we should try to make technology more accessible to as much people as possible. Technology doesn’t have to be scary. A lot of technology could be simpler. Using products should not annoy users. It should enlighten them and bring them joy. And I am not only speaking of websites or Apps. Also things like a refrigerator or a stove, a TV or a car. No, and voice interaction isn’t a cure for that. The big picture is more important than the individual software. There are so many possibilities how technology could empower so many more people but they are afraid.
I am thinking about this a lot and trying to come up with a game plan how to tackle these problems. Write books? Publish papers, do research? Consult with businesses? If so, how to find these? Any idea how to approach this? Any tips or pointers in the right direction is really appreciated.
Thanks for reading!