Following my previous post about creating passionate users, Ianus pointed me to another interesting article on Katty’s blog: Ease-of-use should not mean neuter-the-software. It is about finding the right balance between making products simple and yet powerfull. This reminds me of a trend called ‘Status skills’ : knowing or mastering a certain skill gives you status (more than the classical status symbol of owning expensive goods). Think of people spending most of their time improving their gaming performance or becoming very skilled with Photoshop. In a way, powerfull products should allow users to get better at using them and showing (off) to others what they can do with it.
Ease-of-use should not mean neuter-the-software