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Extremely deadly usability

Sometimes nature really gets it right. By “right”, I mean effective. Really effective. Take a look at one of the most beautiful and most effective carnivores on the planet… the mantis shrimp. The picture below shows what we can see of it…. but we can only see combinations of 3 colors (red, blue, green). The mantis shrimp can see combinations of 12 colors! That means red, blue, green, and 9 others we can’t even imagine!

It sounds beautiful, but this creature is anything but gentle. Its two front appendages can accelerate at the same rate as a gunshot from a 22-caliber rifle, and can break aquarium glass. How does usability testing relate to this? The military is studying the cell structure of this creature towards the development of body armor for combat troops!


mantis shrimp extreme usability
Beautiful and extremely dangerous – very effective though!


If you want to be further amazed and have a bit of a chuckle, check out The Oatmeal’s comic as well.

The first post

You have to start somewhere right? Even if you’ve been around forever. The thing is, when you’ve been around forever, you don’t want to blog about what everybody else is blogging. It is boring, and flattens your inspiration. Sure, sometimes you have to do a little of That Dry Stuff, but you really want to stay away from it whenever possible.

So, what am I getting at? This blog isn’t going to bother with most of the dry stuff going around. If we see something interesting in the world, we’re going to talk about it. We might see a perfectly usable tree that deserves mention, or a cool usable tool proposed on Kickstarter. We like stuff out there in the world… sometimes it is technology and sometimes it… just… is.

Enjoy the ride. We’re going to enjoy driving.

Natural Usability. A great user experience.
Natural Usability. A great user experience.