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Sakae: On The Usability Of Paper Clips

Feb 11, 2007, 17:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Osugi Sakae)

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"Who would have thought anyone could not know how to use a paper clip?

"Some students I teach did not. Elementary school students, eight, nine years old. They had never used paper clips before and didn’t know how they worked. Some of them attached the clip as in the picture.

"Do you remember not knowing how to use a paper clip? I do not. It just seems self-evident. What could be more intuitive? The volume knob on a stereo? The stapler? Sandals? Anyhow, some of these children did not know how to use the paper clip. For them the paper clip was not intuitive. Maybe because it was not familiar..."

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