CCT204H5 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Mental Model, Computer Mouse, Negative Space

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Calls himself a user advocate; others cantankerous visionary. Mental models (knowing what stuff are supposed to do) Models people have of themselves, others, env, things. Mental model of a device is formed largely by interpreting its. Visible structure ( visible part - the system image. When simple things need pictures, labels or instructions, the design has failed . Everyone has their own mental models, but need to come together. Industrial designers (form and appearance) and engineers (mechanisms) should talk to each other. Consistent in the presentation of operations and results and a coherent system image. Allows us to predict the effects of our actions. We operate by rote, blindly, do as we were told to do them, can"t fully appreciate why, what effects to expect, what to do if things go wrong. For everyday things, good conceptual models need not be complex. Well-designed objects are easy to interpret and understand. Computer mouse and car gas thing and door push bars.