One Data PointNovember 30, 2011
I choose to fit myself into most of Apple’s intended-use constraints because their products tend to work better that way, which makes my life easier. But that requires trade-offs that many people can’t or won’t make.
Previous-me tried to persuade everyone to switch to my setup, but I now know that it’s not worth the effort. I’ll never know someone else’s requirements, environment, or priorities as well as they do.
You should use whatever works for you. And I no longer have the patience or hubris to convince you what that should be. All I can offer is one data point: what I use, and how it works for me.
Great introspective by Marco Arment. Despite all of the time and effort that goes into creating a user experience that is as universally applicable as possible, it’s important to realize that there will always be someone (and almost certainly more than a few people) who finds your product completely counterintuitive. The best you can do is to aim not for the center of your target audience, but for the center of your target use cases.