UX meets common tools

I have always been fascinated with the User Experience, regardless of the medium. In retail stores or on the web. I have loved the store designs at Apple for instance on how they encourage you to touch and play and ask questions. Creating a good experience on the web is very important and there are many ways to do this. But you really need to learn to leverage the tools well and that can be a full time job in itself. I usually work from paper to get my ideas out, and then transfer them to a wire frame product (currently I am using iMockup) and then hand them off to a real designer to bring them to life.

While searching around for a clean straightforward social media monitoring tool I came across Swix. I loved the design and ease of the site so I dug into their blog and came across this great post from Craig Fitzpatrick – Vice
President of Products. He uses Keynote to do all his work and then transfers it to iWeb.

Disposable Culture

Almost 20 years ago I bought a John Deere lawn tractor for my yard.  I had been envying one for a long time.  We had one growing up and I knew as soon as I had enough land I would but one.  At the time I think I paid $1,500 which was and is still a lot of money.  My friends told me I was crazy when I could get another brand for less than half of that.  I thought about it but knew about the quality and reputation.  I could get parts, it was easy to work on and there was a local dealer nearby if I needed one for something above my repair skills.
My friends all purchased other various brands and let me know how much money they saved.  Two years goes by and the first one dies, engine not to be revived.  New purchase.  The following year 2 others ended their life as lawn mowers and had to be replace.  This cycle continued on for the last 19 years.  To date – the three friends have bought more then 12 new tractors.  The have spent much more than I have.  In addition there are a lot more tractors that made it to the landfills creating an even greater problem.

My question is this… are we a disposable culture now, have manufactures stopped designing for the long term?