We are often confronted with computer interfaces that are built to be “easy to use”, but in reality they are more confusing than ever. Most of us have run into the problem where we have trouble seeing what is on the screen due to the brightness level being too low but we typically ignore this feature / discrepancy because it’s too much work to change or we are too lazy to correct the problem. Human Error is blamed on not changing the brightness level which can result in poorer eyesight for the user as well as added strain on brain capacity and attention.
“Dim” is one of my series of projects on the subject of “Human Error” that consists of a software application that repeatedly dims the display of users to 50% every 5 minutes. Users must correct the dimness to 100% in order to get back to work, knowing that their screen will return to lower brightness shortly. Whether they choose to fix it or choose to ignore it, the resulting error will be caused by their ability to inability to attend to their computer. Yet another aspect of human / machine error.
Version 1.0, for Mac OS 11 and higher.
“Dim” is a downloadable Mac OS application that when opened will continue to dim the user’s screen to 50% opacity every 5 minutes. After dimmed, the user can change their opacity back to 100% using the Mac’s System Preferences > Displays > Brightness setting. It remains up to each user whether they will take the steps to retain their brightness levels or leave them as is, resulting in “Human Error”.