October 26, 2006
Systems may need to be complex but the interface between the system and the human should be simple.
We need to get in the habit of placing simple interfaces on top of complex systems. Do you need to know everything abut electricity in order to switch the light on?
When I say simplicity I mean:
– ease of use
– contextual availability
– relational graphics
– information design
– information architecture
– layered levels of information (info-depth control)
Give people the information they need, when they need it, where they need it, and only as much as they want. Make it visual, make it interactive.
Learning systems based on simplexity may be the way of the future.
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