Simple Solutions

This past weekend was a busy one, going from adventure to adventure with little down time in between.  Two of the biggest seemed to be the craigslist adventures.  The first of the two was on Friday, with my sewing lesson.  Now I’m not typically the type of person you’d think wanted sewing lessons (and I’d have to agree), but as with anything else, I enjoyed the learning, and my instructor was really fun, so it was time spent well.  I made a potholder.  I was advanced for the first lesson.  The second foray happened on Sunday.  After a weekend of still trying to put away the Christmas gifts, we decided that Luke’s room is far too small to hold all the junk he has, so we used the tried and true small space solution - bed loft.  Now I built mine in college, and figured that I could do the same again for Luke, but did I want to take the time to do so? Not really.  So for half the price of a new Ikea loft (and probably the cost I’d have in materials), we found one made of wood (so it can be reinforced if wobbly), journeyed to Mount Airy and picked it up.  Then of course we drove home freezing because we couldn’t quite latch the Fit’s hatch.

So, like most weekends, I learned a few lessons.  One, I liked my sewing lesson and plan to continue.  Two, it’s amazing how a simple idea like craigslist can be put out there quite a number of years ago, keep basically the same design and concept, and have millions of people use it every day.  The simple programming and website design DDA could put together in just a few hours, in fact, I’d not even have to involve any of the designers.  The point is that it’s the concept that worked, not how fancy the site is. 

If it’s easy to use, people are more willing to use it.  Let’s say for example we have a Medical CME.  In that CME, there are things moving around the screen distracting from the eLearning content, but hey, it looks cool.  There’s no menu, just a bunch of seemingly random things on the screen to click, as if it should be intuitive to the 50-year old physician to use.  Sure, the screen may look like an iPhone app but this doc doesn’t have a touchscreen, so he’s confused and has to sit through the four tutorials just on using the application.  To him, it’s a waste of time with only the reward of having fulfilled some requirement of getting through the course.  If it’s built right, people will find it easy to use and your mission was accomplished, that’s what DDA strives to do every day.  We build websites and Medical IT applications.