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Messy interfaces for repeated use and efficiency

Ryan from 37signals has written an interesting post on the trade-off between populating interfaces with many features to improve efficiency versus distributing them over more screens to make them easier to digest.

Referring to Edward Tufte, Ryan explains the dilemma as a question of having information displayed adjacent in space or stacked in time. He concludes that while screens with low complexity gives the eye less to filter through, separating elements onto different screens reduces the need for navigation and makes it easier to move attention from one element to another.

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Henrik Olsen - September 01, 2008

See also: Web page design (40)  Simplicity vs. capability (7) 

 

COMMENTS

Interesting article, but as some of the commenters there asked: What do the users think??

There was so much conjecture in the comments, including some well known names, yet none of it was backed-up with any hard facts.

Aren\'t we supposed to be in the business of designing for users? So let\'s find-out what works for them before resigning an interface to the sin-bin?

Shahar | September 02, 2008

 

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