Are you always pushing on a pull door? Then here’s the reason why?
How often do you pull a two way door that says push or vice versa? Why is it that many of us make this weird mistake? We push instead of pulling because we just don’t care knowing that it will obviously open, or is it due to some odd impulse emanating from our brain s which tells us to do the opposite?
As weird as it may see, don’t we sometimes derive some insane pleasure on pushing when we should be pulling a door handle? But even if we don’t, then what is it that compels us to open a door in the wrong direction.
1 The Norman door
Don Norman who authored a book on such everyday problems felt that doors that were given the preference of design rather than practicality will be confusing. His book on terrible doors made such an impact that architects now refer to such doors as Norman doors.
A Norman Door is designed with elements that confuse you with wrong usability signals making you push when you should pull and vice versa. In such cases, indicators and signs were needed to instruct how to open the door.