April 10th, 2021 | Amazing and mediocre
Random thought of the day: As a whole, the world is amazing. Flying metal planes. Trains that go up to 300km per hour. A magic box that keeps your food cold or frozen. Warm water. Groceries at your fingertips from all over the world. Prawns from Argentina. Bananas from Africa. Avocados from Israel. Curry from India. Let's not talk about the internet and technology. It's as if we are living in a sci-fi movie. But individually, the world is average at best. One of my girlfriend's pet peeves is judging how intuitive the UX is on home utilities. So in our new AirBnb we went through them. The fridge. The kitchen sets. The handles on the doors and cupboards. It’s super easy to critique and find flaws. We all know that. If you look hard enough, everything is full of flaws. In well designed systems, mediocre results create spectacular things. Like an ant colony. But things that are actually brilliant are pretty mediocre at a small enough scope and scale. And that’s normal. Think about it. 99% of the things you see around you were built by people that were no smarter than you. Not only that, but judging from my anecdotal experience, they were probably bored out of their brains at work. They just wanted to deliver their task by doing the least amount of work possible. They didn't pour their hearts into it.