A thought article on the difference b/w everyday designs

Design holds immense influence over our daily experiences, shaping the usability and enjoyment of products and interfaces. Effective design enhances our lives by streamlining processes, while poor design can lead to frustration, confusion, and inefficiency. In this piece, I delve into the contrasting characteristics of effective and ineffective design through two use-cases, and examine their impact on various aspects of my life.

The "Philips Sonicare" electric toothbrush is a product that I rely on daily and consider to be exceptionally well-designed. It incorporates a range of features and attributes that contribute to its effectiveness and convenience. These include advanced sonic technology for thorough cleaning, a helpful two-minute timer, various brush heads to cater to different needs, an ergonomic handle for comfortable grip, and the added benefit of pressure sensor feedback. Altogether, these design elements make the Philips Sonicare toothbrush an outstanding product that effortlessly and effectively cleans both teeth and gums.
The sonic technology creates high frequency and high amplitude brush strokes that effectively remove plaque and debris from teeth and gums while the timer helps ensure that users brush for recommended two minutes only. The toothbrush also comes with multiple brush heads that allow users to choose a head (deep cleaning, sensitive teeth, etc.) that best suits their oral care needs and personal preferences. The pressure sensor feedback measures the pressure applied while brushing, and the handle changes its vibration to protect the gums and the teeth. The ergonomic handle on the toothbrush has been designed to be easy to grip and use, making it comfortable to hold and maneuver for users while brushing their teeth.
The most significant feature of the Philips Sonicare toothbrush that contributes to its design is its use of sonic technology. Other features that contribute to its design are the toothbrush’s ergonomic handle, charging base, and waterproof design. One feature that could potentially make the Philips Sonicare toothbrush even better is the integration of artificial intelligence. For example, the toothbrush could use AI to analyze users’ brushing patterns and provide personalized brushing recommendations or techniques to improve oral hygiene. Using the existing mobile app, the toothbrush can also track brushing habits over time and provide insights into oral health, such as identifying potential areas of concern or detecting early signs of gum disease.
I interact and relate to the Sonicare toothbrush viscerally through the vibrations and a humming sound when it is in use and the handle of the brush that is easy to grip and contributes to a comfortable brushing experience. Behaviorally, use of this toothbrush has become a habit for me, and it is a critical part of my oral hygiene routine. The toothbrush helps me to brush without having to think about how long I have been brushing my teeth or how much pressure I am applying while brushing my teeth. It makes me feel confident and in control of my oral hygiene. Reflectively, I chose the Sonicare toothbrush despite it being more expensive than a manual toothbrush because of its efficacy in cleaning my teeth and for the ability to express myself as an individual who loves innovative technology and cares about oral hygiene. 

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I find the showerhead in my apartment's bathroom to be a prime example of a poorly designed product. Numerous aspects contribute to its subpar design, including inadequate temperature control, a lack of water pressure adjustment, and limited showerhead adjustability.
The feature that detracts the most from the design of the showerhead is poor water temperature control. It is extremely difficult to find a comfortable water temperature for bathing and the temperature knob lacks clear marking for hot and cold water (see Figure 3). This particular design flaw also makes the showerhead unsafe to use- if the user does not pay attention to the water temperature before entering the shower, they could get injured by scalding hot water. The showerhead also lacks the ability to regulate the water pressure and I end up having to pick between having no running water or a hundred percent water pressure from the showerhead. Also, the showerhead only has limited adjustment modes and it is difficult to direct the water flow to specific areas of the body or to switch between different spray patterns while taking a shower.
Viscerally, I relate to the product by the temperature and flow of the water. The way the water hits my skin and the temperature of the water influence how I use the showerhead. Behaviorally, the way the showerhead has been designed has influenced my shower routine. I start off by adjusting the water temperature and making sure that the water temperature is not too cold or too hot. Depending on how much time I have, I may switch between different spray patterns on the showerhead, but the showerhead only offers limited options. On a reflective level, I do not see the product as having much utility or meaning. I do not enjoy the product or use it for self-expression.
I feel that my experience with this showerhead differs significantly from what the designer intended. The designer may have intended for the showerhead to provide a pleasant and effective showering experience, but due to the poor water temperature control, lack of water pressure regulation, and limited adjustment modes, my showering experience is often uncomfortable and frustrating.

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