2A. Have you ever fallen in love with an everyday object? Is there an object that you use every day or frequently that you appreciate for it’s touch, appearance or usability? Most of us have attachments to things. Post to your blog an object that appeals to you because of the way you interact with it. Describe the appeal of the object to you and analyze what you love about it and why.
Recently, I’ve fallen in love with my auto film camera which was a birthday gift from my brother. I really love taking photo and also love to be taken. Especially, love black and white film pictures which has more analog feeling.
As a beginner, to get used to taking photo every moments, this camera was perfect for me. Unlike other film camera which has a lot of controllers and option, this camera is very easy to control. Its interface is very simple to understand. There is one small screen on the top that I can check flash mode and how many film are used. And there are on/off button and three side buttons to control the camera date, flash mode and timer. On the side of the camera, there is a viewer and a simple zoom in/out controller. What I need to do is I just find something which catch my eyes and control the flash mode and zoom in or out. Then press the shutter button. That’s it.
And this camera is much lighter than DSLR which I carried before. So it’s good for carrying everyday.
It’s true that auto film camera with simple options and less options brings more low quality image than other professional film camera. But for me, less controllers make me easy to record every moments.
My favorite interaction of using film camera is waiting for results. I love the feeling when I have to wait to see the images until I finish the whole rolls and until the rolls get developed. When I received vinyl bag covering my photos, my heart flutters. Unlike digital photos, It’s not easy to edit, duplicate or delete. It prints once what I exactly saw in that moment and exist in physical paper. I can touch the photo which feels like I’m touching that moment. This is why I love my film camera.
2B. Also post to your blog an example of a frustrating user experience. This can be a physical or digital experience. Be prepared to share with the class the object you love, the experience that frustrates you and sketches of how you would fix the frustrating user experience. Think beyond the obvious digital interfaces but focus on everyday interactions.
I think our ITP Locker is terrible for user. It might be safe then other lockers because it’s kind of complicated to open, but it’s also difficult to owner. When I received the locker in the first day of orientation, I had no idea how to open the locker, even I heard the instruction more then 10 times.
It took a while until I get used to use it. My hand remembers how to open it automatically, but I can’t remember over my head. We have to turn a knob to match to first number and rotate the knob twice fully in a clockwise direction and match to second number. And then rotate it counterclockwise once and match to third number. Then it might open. I’m not sure this is a right instruction, but this is how I remember. I think it’s hard to memorize the order of three number that we have to match and hard to arrange it to the exact position ( grid) as well. Actually, I still can’t open my locker at once and I makes me annoyed anyway. So now I don’t lock my locker often.
At this point, I prefer this button style which I used a lot when I was in Korea. There are 10 buttons on the lock and users have to push five button which is arranged to that lock. If you push five button, the lock will be opened. I feel like this kind of style of lock is more convenient for user. We don’t need to think about the order and It’s much easier to memorize patterns of number. If you push back any one of the buttons in forward, it will be locked. So we don’t need to push all buttons back, just one button to lock again.