When faced with a “Go to an exhibition” instruction – I went for the closest one (as the crow flies).
I took myself off to the FailBetter exhibition around the corner at Trinity College Science Building.
I deliberately didn’t do any research into this trip in advance so I’d arrive with a blank slate with no expectations. I’m so glad I did that.
True to form I found myself getting lost in words I found around the room. Yes of course most of the exhibits were interesting but big words on walls captured my attention more. Perhaps I found myself wondering more about the belief in success more than the failure of failing.
A footwear Fail
Ok so I saw some some mountaineer’s boots that didn’t quite take him to the top of Mount Everest. Hmmm – ok. I failed to get the whole “failure” message at first till I read into the accompanying information sheet about this guys attempt to reach the summit. It turned out he cut corners with the quality of his boots – choosing an inferior pair as they were lighter and in his opinion made better sense for the purpose they were required for. Needless to say he never made it to the top in these boots.
It was not the boots that failed. It was he who failed as he made a bad decision in the planning -process. This guy learned from his bad decision and later went on to conquer Mount Everest in the proper souped up boots that were designed for purpose. Perhaps we could take the same lesson with regards to web design. You get out what you put in. If you use the correct formats, the advised methodology and dont’ always go for the easiest/cheapest option – the result is bound to be a superior one!
Samuel Beckett -a fail??
Samuel Beckett once said “to be an artist is to fail, as no other dare fail”. I think it’s only in failure that we can truly realise the potential within us – to challenge ourselves to further reach for perfection within our craft.
Of course we saw many things at this exhibition – but I didn’t find myself going “wow” as often as I had hoped. For the most part I believe the underlying message was to do your research work well – know your customer – know your user/reader and understand what ultimately will be the elements the item will be remembered for.