Thursday, May 18, 2006

Preferences: Hiding Interface Complexity

More on interface complexity from Humanized...

Interfaces with few controls tend to look friendly and make for great screenshots. For instance, take this picture of Microsoft Windows XP's "Taskbar and Start Menu" Control Panel:

Think it looks reasonably easy to use? Oh, but you haven't clicked on that "Customize..." button yet, or the "Start Menu" tab. Let's try "flattening" this Control Panel by taking all those additional windows, which are hidden behind these tabs and buttons, and putting them in the one place. It's a little like envisioning the interface as an analog gadget from the 1940's, where every little widget is like a switch on the front of the device."   continued ...   (Via Humanized)



hiding complexity - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

hiding complexity

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