Originally posted by steno druetta:
i hope you didn't buy it yet, otherwise my suggestions will be ueseless...
well the first thing you have to think about is WHERE you wanna put it and who is gonna use it. the point is not about front or top loading. the point is the EASE OF USE. i'm preparing an exam on design at the university focused on that (of course not just washing machines! ): you know, the problem is that what you should need to is trying them and decide which one "fits" you the best. you should choose the one with the easyest controls (knobs, buttons, lcd touch screen panels...), the easyest way of load concernig to your body (if you are two meters tall you should choose a top load, on the other hand if you are 1.50 meters tall it could be difficult to load it from the top, isn' it?) and the necessities you require in terms of washing qualities, water and soap saving... the list is so long!
that's the same with any everyday object: we use so many stupid objects wich complicate our life instead of making it easier. (an example? phones: who can really use them in toto?) just find that ones you use the most "naturally". yeah, naturally.
check this out: "Psychology of everyday things, Coffeepot for masochists" by Donald A. Norman.
it's gonna make everyone smile...
[ December 11, 2005: Message edited by: steno druetta ]