EveryDay UX : the Incidental Kitty Door
The magic of Design Thinking is Insight
I like to let some fresh air inside during the day. Screendoors are good for that.
My kitties also like to spend some time outside. They usually either
- Rush frantically through the door as I’m walking in or out
- Sit obviously and expectantly nearby – and then conspicuously ignore my invitation to enter or leave. This is generally followed by plaintive yowling after I give up.
Now, the screendoor itself is fairly cheap – so the screen often comes loose at the corners and …
Voila! The instant Kitty Door
the Incidental Kitty Door … in action
The space just below the protective pet barrier on the door is just the right size and in the right position to serve as a convenient pet portal.
Sometimes Good Design is just a Happy Accident
Interestingly, the metal mesh panel that I installed in the door (available at your local hardware store) is marketed as a protective barrier. It’s intended to prevent cats or dogs from scratching or pushing through the screen.
From a UX perspective:
The protective barrier addresses the limited agenda of one stakeholder (me): The security of my property.
But it also is a primary satisfier of critical users of the system (my cats): It provides both accessibility and convenience.
My placement of the “barrier” on the screendoor also created a viable Kitty Door, while still providing security. The cats can go in and out at will during nice weather and I can have the doorway open – but latched securely.
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