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Stupid Usability #12

Blueberry Pies Make Me Cry

Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 12/19/2013

From the mind of Jill Arrigoni, Project Manager at High Monkey:

My three-year-old told me he wanted to make a blueberry pie, so I headed to the grocery store to get some supplies. Once it was time to make the pie, we started dumping in the ingredients. I pulled out my new box of corn starch and was surprised by the opening or lack thereof. The box had scissor lines and a scissor icon on the side. I had to pull out my scissor and stab a hole in the box, so I could start cutting along the lines. My cut line was far from perfect. I grabbed my tablespoon and shoved it into the very small opening. I had to make the hole slightly larger to get my tablespoon in. As I scooped up the corn starch it was hard to get a level scoop. The corn starch spilled over the sides onto the kitchen table. When I was done I placed a piece of duct tape over the hole as there was no tab or any sort of way to close the box.

Hey, corn starch take a cue from your cousin "Arm and Hammer Baking Soda" and make the opening perforated and larger. If the way you are doing things is a little outdated take a look at what’s new and what others are doing. It’s important to always be improving, tweaking and testing with real users.

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Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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