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Stupid Usability #25

Turn Back There

Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 2/10/2014

From the mind of Chad Heinle, Senior Consultant at High Monkey:

I am terrible with directions, with remembering directions, with directional sense, all of it. One of the greatest Christmas gifts I have ever received is a GPS navigation unit for my car. There are times that I wonder who’s worse with directions. Of course there’s times when it will send me towards the middle of a corn field and tell me I have arrived at my destination, I think we’ve all been there. One of the other quirks I’ve noticed however, is when it tells me to turn on a street that is named something different. Usually this happens with county roads or state highways – there will only be signage for “Summit Avenue” but since it’s a county road, your GPS wants you to turn onto “County Road 7”.

Generally it’s not a big issue since streets are far enough apart to be able to discern by distance, but every so often there’s a convergence of multiple streets and it’s hard to say where to go and when. I don’t know if the resolution here is simple enough to say that Garmin should call up a county and ask how its signs are displayed – that certainly could be a lot of work. It may just continue to be a pain point to my directionally challenged brain.

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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.

Posted: 2/10/2014 12:00:00 AM by Brian Haukos | with 0 comments