I’m taking the week off from just about everything, but thought I’d offer up something from the archives that you might enjoy if you missed it the first time around — Lessons From the Library
It’s a post about the difference between searching and browsing, and what we’ve gained and lost as search becomes ever more ubiquitous. It’s also a bit of a plea to designers not to lose site of the indefinable aspects of experiences that make them memorable and important. A brief sample:
…physicality contributes an indefinable something that leads to a richer and more memorable experience. The textures of the bindings and pages, the heft of a particularly authoritative tome, and even the musty smell of a book that hasn’t shared its secrets in a very long time, they all contribute something to the experience. It’s those things that are missing when we interact with pixels instead of things.
I wish you a restful holiday season, if you’re taking this week off, and a very Happy New Year, regardless.
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