Control in design

Via Kottke comes a link to Architectures of Control in Design, a really intriguing blog about the ways that products of all sorts are designed to control their use:

The intentions may be purely commercial, socially or environmentally beneficial, or a mixture, but the implications of such architectures of control in the years ahead are likely to become significant across many fields—e.g. the operation of markets, innovation growth, freedom of individual action and consumer engagement with technology.

The first page of the site runs through a bunch of neat examples, from keyboards to supermarket layouts to park benches and web sites. Really interesting, ejoyable reading.