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Examples of UX resulting in a dumbing down:* The MS Word Ribbon.Â
* Just about iAnything (ok, I'm sounding like a curmudgeon).Â You never get a glimpse at the underlying paradigm, so you never know what you can and cannot do, or why.
I'm looking for some of those web sites/products that I have found offending in the past, and of course I can't find them.Â I'm thinking of GUIs that try to guess your path through the information or the product, but don't give you a way to choose your own path.Â Everything is driven by questions, for example...Â "How do I X?", and "How do I Y?" -- and these lead into wizard-like paths that you're bound to follow.Â Commonly these have big TeleTubby-looking buttons.
Again, I'm not saying all UX results in this.Â But it is a trend -- maybe a trend that's already falling away?
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