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The worn interface

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Morten Just

In the real world, we can se traces of how other people use things around us. Here's why we should be able to do that in software, too.

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In the physical world, we’re able read hints of usage by how worn out things look. On the internet, everything is new all the time.

Here’s what a worn interface could look like. Notice the heavily used support area.

or, simply reversed, people’s clicks (or fingers for touch interfaces) that actually clean up the most commonly used areas of the site.


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