Operation and Assembly Should Be Intuitive
Ikea has spent a lot of time and money on designing their furniture to be simple enough to assemble that a monkey can do the job. Monkey’s aren’t taking the time to unfurl the assembly instructions, so why would any guy with a clear head and boatloads of common sense need a step-by-step guide on what to do?
The same goes for electronics. If that new piece of home theatre equipment doesn’t have it’s buttons clearly labelled…that’s the fault of the company. Some lazy proofreader that only knew a dozen single syllable words likely scrawled his notes on a drawing…and next you knew there was a ‘Source’ button. If pressing this button directly connects to Radio Shack…I’m in.
As a man, instructions are like directions. I have an idea of where I want to go. Don’t tell me how to get there…because I will figure it out in my own fashion. Maybe that bookshelf is a little lopsided due to lack of installation of some extra parts. Maybe I wanted it to lean that way, to counteract the heavy items to be stored on the opposite side. You ever consider maybe the wall leans, and it’s not the bookshelf?
So, the next time you have the urge to flip through a few pages of genderless characters performing indecipherable actions, give your head a shake. Grab yourself a drink, sit back and assess what you have to work with. You know what you want to build…so just make it look like that picture in your head.
You are better than a monkey.