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Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design, Second Edition by Giles Colborne

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Part 5Organize

Organize

Organizing is a great strategy for simplifying. In the case of the TV remote control, it’s probably the solution I’ve seen most often. It’s usually an inexpensive solution—changing the layout and labeling the buttons on the TV remote control costs less and demands fewer tough decisions than, say, removing buttons.

There are plenty of options open to you in organizing an interface—size, color, position, shape, hierarchy. But those choices need to be employed with restraint. Some of the TV remote controls I’ve seen over the years have had so many colored buttons they looked as though they were made from Skittles.

If you want to organize for simplicity, it’s important to emphasize just one or two important things. Simple ...

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