Last updated on 14 March 2023
I got a ticket recently for running a red light on my bike. My first reaction was, “don’t you fucking cops have anything better to do?” As I thought about it more, my feeling became, “Thanks Mr. Officer; I’m glad you don’t have anything better to do.”
Amsterdam is one of the safest cities in the world, without being boring or dry. If the price is being a tiny bit more adherent to “the rules” than I would normally would be, so be it.
Tradeoffs in UX
In this context, I, as an Amsterdam resident, am willing to give up a little freedom for the added security and ease that comes with it. However, there is a limit to how much freedom I am willing to relinquish to gain security, and there is a limit to the security I am willing to relinquish to gain freedom.
To quote Rubén Blades, “Todo cuesta” (everything has a price), which is as true is life as it is in design.
So, from me to the “Ministry of Safety and Justice,” I appreciate what you’re doing, but does it have to cost me so much?