A week or two ago I wrote the entry below, wondering how computers would be different if women had created them. It was in response to a post Meg wrote about Dell’s new “women friendly” website.
You know how once you start thinking about something, you see examples of it everywhere? That’s now the case with the issue of marketing computers to women. On the Skytrain platform yesterday I saw a three-panel ad from HP announcing the new HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition.
Note that with every purchase you get a chance to win a package tour to Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo worth 130,000 baht (about $3800).
It’s like they have just decided to embrace the stereotypes in a bear-hug, as opposed to Dell’s attempt to go the “Sex and the City” or “The View” approach.
After reading and responding to a fun post by Meg about Dell Computers’ awkward attempt to appeal to women through their Della site, a question came to mind: How would computers be different if they had originally been designed by women instead of (mostly) men?
I’m not looking for snappy answers, although you can feel free to share them. I’m genuinely curious about how the shape, form, function, interface and feel of computers would have been different had they emerged from the garages (kitchens? sewing rooms?) of women.