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Excellent post! I definitely agree that a lot of new products are stripping away too much just to look sleek and trendy.


It doesn't matter whether it is a visualisation, a product or a piece of software, nothing beats user testing. Give it yo someone who is a typical user and see if they figure it out. Even Apple who are pretty good at this, sometimes forget that their newer users have never used a tablet/computer/smart phone and put things in that aren't intuitive unless you've used an earlier model.


This is why I got the Jackery Giant+. The inputs are labeled, and when you press the button the 3 LEDS light up to tell you how much charge you have (they also blink when the device is charging to tell you how much it's filled up).


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