Up in the air

When you think about imbalance, do you visualize a tightrope walker? Tilt a little to the left, or right, and risk falling. To get down, proceed forward, or go back. It is a most precarious position, one that requires a great deal of effort and concentration just to obtain momentary control.

When it comes to IT controls, imbalance manifests in less obvious ways. Blink and you just might miss the opportunity to correct a lopsided arrangement. Instead of a tightrope stretched between good and bad, what you see is an almost infinitesimal tilt that threatens to veer into oblivion over time.

At the heart of IT control design is the balancing of like and unlike control elements. Control elements may be proximate, aligned ...

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