The power of defaults in our choices

My bus ride home trippled in time last night because of some construction so I had the opportunity to watch this TED talk.

This really drove home the power of defaults in user interface choices and how it is the responsibility of good designers to default to the right behaviour, especially when the options are complex.

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Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions?

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3 responses to “The power of defaults in our choices

  1. hansen

    It’s a really inspiring talk! Thunderbird could use small changes to the default settings and UI.

    Please blog more on this.

  2. Very interesting talk, thanks for the link!

  3. This is kind of off topic.. I am using WP and have looked around at media players, can you enlighten me on what you are using to play the video. I have used all kinds of different plugins without finding a good one yet.

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