Learning Portfolio 3 – Q2 Examples

Item 1 – HP Wireless Printer


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I have a HP Photosmart Wireless Printer at home, and I think it is one of the best printers I have purchased – one of the reasons why is because it is wireless.

Printers always used to have to be connected to a computer by a cable (some still do) in order for you to print something. Yes, you can network a printer so other computers can access it, but the beauty of wireless printers is that you can print from anything – a iPhone, iPad, tablet… As long as you are in range with that wireless network and your printer is on, you can print to it. What is even more exciting, is that you can send documents to print to your home printer from anywhere in the world via logging into the website and connecting to your printer.

This makes the performance load of having to print documents much much easier as you dont always have to rely on the specific computer that the printer is connected to. You are using less kinematic load to complete this task because there are not a lot of steps required to accomplish the task (Lidwell, Holden, & Butler, 2010)

Item 2 – USB/Flash Drive


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USB or Flash drives would have to be one of the most genius creations that makes lives very simple. USB’s allow you to save, store and transport data from one device to another. Gone are the days when you had to email yourself documents or links to websites, save files onto a CD-ROM or Floppy Disk, USB’s are small and compact which makes them easy to carry around, and they require hardly any cognitive or kinematic load to use – you just have to plug them into a USB port on a computer and away you go. It makes file transferring and storage simplified and less time consuming.

Item 3 – Kitchen Timer


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Kitchen timers decrease the cognitive load quite dramatically. When you are using a timer whilst cooking, you are not required to remember what time you put something in the oven, and keep an eye on the clock to know when it needs to come out. You can set the time as soon as it is in the oven and then continue on with other tasks without having to keep reminding yourself of what the time was when it started cooking.

Because there are a less number of commands that you need to remember, you are less likely to end up with a burnt dish!


Lidwell, W., Holden, K., & Butler, J. (2010). Universal Principles of Design. Massachusetts: Rockport.


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