3 year olds and user interface design

So I’m working here in my home office, and I had to transfer a big file from a client site to my local machine. While it’s downloading, our 3 year old Simon walks in, sees the FTP progress bar on my screen and says :

Wait Papa – it’s doing something. You have to wait for that to finish before you can work again

With that, he walked out of my office, closing the door behind him.

I remember reading (probably even writing) user documentation with lovely screen captures of progress bars, dutifully explaining that the line had to move completely to the right before work could continue.

Here’s the question:

Has Simon been reading user documentation, or is a lot of documentation really written for people with less understanding than a three year old?

Think about it..

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  1. Nico says:


  2. C.C. Chapman says:

    One of those moments that a geek dad can treasure forever. Simply amazing!

  3. Dave says:

    I donno Bob, but I’m just trying to keep Sam off the keyboard! It’s gotten so bad, now I have to logoff everything I’m finished using the thing – oh, and hide my mouse.


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