Being human

Apple WWDC date

Apple says:

Why do they want me to decrypt the date? It’s OK to shorten the dates this way when writing by hand or when there is no space. But here, the word “June” should be written in full.

Jun 4   Apple   being human

Do not ask me for email I have just entered

You enter your email in a sign-in form and then realize you do not remember your password. You click “remind me my password” and get redirected to “Remind password” form. You get asked for the email, again.

This is stupid, do not make this silly mistake in your projects.

2013   being human   user interface

Changing passwords regularly

My online banking site wants me to change my password every couple of months. No wonder the password now looks like Blahblahblah16 (not literally “Blahblahblah”, don’t worry), and it isn’t too hard to guess it will be Blahblahblah17 next time they make me change it.

Theoretically, changing password from time to time should make my banking more secure: if someone finds out what my password is, he won’t be able to use it forever (not a big win, by the way, but that’s another story). Practically though, this does not work, because not all passwords are created equal, and the more you make me change them, the more predictable they tend to be.

If you make people do what they don’t want to do, they will try to cheat and avoid actually doing it. Here, I add numbers to my “base” password. Some systems prevent this by forcing your new password to be significantly different from the previous one. But people are smarter than machines, they will find a loophole. For example, I could have used two strong and very different passwords and switch between them every time it asks me. Disallow this, and I will come up with strong, original, completely non-repeating and nonsensical password every time — and write it down on a sheet of paper.

2012   being human

Apple Store in Amsterdam

Here’s what the future Amsterdam Apple Store looks like:

Multiple logos next to each other? Most identity guidelines strictly prohibit all kinds of logo desacralization. I don’t know if Apple has any (and what they say), but here, Apple seems to be fine with the play.

Oh, by the way, this is what the coat of arms of Amsterdam looks like:

Good taste and good sense of humor is above guidelines and rules.

2012   Apple   being human   design