Problems of metaphors

June 5, 2008

Ted Nelson is highly critical of metaphors: “using old half-ideas as crutches.”

    Other critiques say:

  1. they break the rules; metaphors cannot be used consistently as they wont work up from some point.
  2. they are too constraining
  3. they might conflict with design principles (you have to make bad design solutions)
  4. they do not help to understand the system
  5. overly literal translation of existing bad design
  6. limits the designer’s imagination in conjuring up new paradigms and models

From: Preece, J., Rogers, Y., Sharp, H. (2002), Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, New York: Wiley, p.57

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