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Subject:Re: (Fwd) Re: Minimalism From:Don Smith <dsmith -at- ACCESSBEYOND -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 30 Jan 1997 13:30:03 EST
I believe that Robert was talking about "paper" matchbooks which used
to be given with cigarettes. (Remember them?) The original had the
striker on the front. For the reasons that were given here, the
striker strip *was* put on the back, so that you could remove the
match from the front, but had to turn the pack around to the back to
strike the match. While not foolproof, it was (is?) much safer.
if you put the abrasive strip on the back and don't close the box before
turning it over to strike, all your matches will fall out. (Your consumer
wouldn't be very happy.) So that design wouldn't work very well, would it?
However, if you put the strip of the front, you will still have your fire
--- Forwarded mail from Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 1997 07:28:35 PST
Reply-To: Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM>
From: Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM>
Subject: Re: Minimalism
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
The "close cover before striking message" can itself be reduced to zero
by redesigning the matchbook cover. If you put the abrasive strip on
the back side, rather than the front, the matchbook cover works as an
effective shield whether you close it or not, thus eliminating the
need for any message at all.
Really good intuitive design eliminates the need for a lot of documentation.
So does less-intuitive design if it's part of a universal standard.
I've never seen a piece of documentation telling the user to raise the
little red flag in his mailbox when he wants the carrier to pick up
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