“All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” is a collection of fifty essays by Robert Fulghum which premises that we all learned about “how to live and what to do and how to be”, we learned as children in kindergarten e.g. “share everything, play fair, don’t hit people …”. It is a sublime, modern classic that offers some “uncommon thoughts” on everyday occurrences.
A few years ago I observed with wonderment as my then 3-year-old son played with my new iPhone. By trial, error and luck he navigated the UX and was soon able to watch his choice of videos and play some simple games. The extension of Fulghum’s credo as the basis of a common sense UX test was a revelation; can a child figure out how to use your application, device, product just by playing with it ? No manuals, video tutorials, off-shore help desk support; no pestering of more knowledgeable friends or attending of classes. Maybe just a show and tell, then let them loose with it. A simple test that is very telling.