"Naïve designers often talk of making things intuitive. What they really mean is intuitable – able to be understood through intuition. A thing can’t be intuitive unless it happens to be one of those rather rare and special things that contain a brain – like you, me or my dog." (Easy, Intuitive and Metaphor, and Other Meaningless Words, Peter Bagnall)
"'Intuitive' (technically, it should be “intuitable”) means the user can use the UI without having to consciously stop and figure the UI out. Learned habituated responses are performed without conscious thought, so intuitive includes more than instincts." (The Only "Intuitive" Interface is the Nipple, Do You Agree?, Michael Zuschlag)
"One of the most common terms of praise for an interface is to say that it is 'intuitive' (the word should have been 'intuitable' but we will bow to convention)." (Intuitive Equals Familiar, Jef Raskin of Apple Macintosh fame)
Is "intuitive" vs "intuitable" a distinction without a difference? If not, what are implications for virtual reality (including, and perhaps especially, social VR)? We will discuss beneath a Millennium Falcon surrounded by 3D models of VR use cases. Even more exciting, ours will be an informal meetup during the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (#UIST2020), and Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (#CSCW2020), both now virtual, originally to take place in Minneapolis, so we'll meet above Minneapolis on a snowy night! Oh, one more thing, bring your copy of Things That Make Us Smart: Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine, by Donald Norman. It contains lots of insights relevant to debating and understanding the "intuitive" vs "intuitable" distinction.
ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology https://uist.acm.org/uist2020
ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing https://cscw.acm.org/2020/
Things That Make Us Smart: Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16868.ThingsThatMakeUsSmart
This informal meetup is unaffiliated with the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology or Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing.