Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

Hey there! This article was written in 2006.

It might not have aged well for any number of reasons, so keep that in mind when reading (or clicking outgoing links!).

Well themed, well done

Posted 12 December 2006

I've often wondered what influence human-computer interaction has on creativity, and what influence themes have on interpretation. I strongly believe that there is a correlation between Xanga's design and its users, who seem to post trivial blog entries filled with near-illegible, degenerate English...but is it cause and effect? In which direction? Do Xanga's features naturally draw that particular subset of bloggers, or are its users influenced by its design?

Having had my normal blogging workflow interrupted, I've found that my writing style seems somehow different. My sentences feel disjointed. My previous two posts were rushed and altogether unpleasant to write (I was using a keyboard that kept getting stuck, and the internet connection kept getting dropped).

The point is that human-computer interaction seems to play a significant role in teasing out creativity. In my case, I'm accustomed to a particular workflow: blog using Drivel, edit using Wordpress' web-based tools, and read using my feed reader. Away from my computer, I'm forced to use tools that are alien to me, and it's irritating.

I need to quit writing now; I'm getting very agitated.