Form over [dis]function
Why do electric fans start on high? Who wants to be blasted with air, just to turn the speed down to a manageable airflow? And then, suppose you’ve cooled down and had enough air, you have to speed it back up again just to turn it off.
Our ceiling fans operate in the same way. The two dangling cords are affordances – pull to get an action. But what action you’ll get (light or fan) is unclear. Once you’ve memorized that the shorter cord is for the fan, there is no indication as to what speed you are currently at. I’m often going through 5 or 6 pulls before I figure out what in the world is happening. The conceptual model is unclear, causing difficulty.
I am a Communication and Media Technology student. My goal is to advance my understanding of communication, especially as it relates to marketing and organizations. I am quite happy working for my department at RIT and we'll see where the future takes me! I am passionate about graphic design and hope to have opportunities to build on these skills. My family consists of my husband (a soon-to-be brewmaster) and my silly labradoodle!