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Analog In, Digital Out: Brendan Dawes on Interaction Design by Brendan Dawes

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30. Comfortably Numb

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Is it just me, or does everything these days seem rather, well, pleasant? It seems that we’re living in a time where we celebrate the ordinary, the safe, and the status quo.

Strangely enough, as I approach the age of 40, I seem to be a lot more rebellious than I was as a kid. So much so that I question things all the time—sometimes silly, trivial things, such as those little supermarket “batons” on the conveyer belt at the cashier’s stand that are meant to separate your shopping items from those of the person behind you in line. We never used to have those things and somehow everybody managed to shop perfectly well without ...

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