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

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Part 7Displace

Displace

The fourth strategy for simplifying the TV remote control is to cheat.

Designers who take this approach strip the remote control down to a few basic actions, like play and pause, and manage all the other features via a menu on the TV screen. The remote control itself is approachable, easy to understand, and simple to use.

One advantage of this strategy is that it makes good use of the remote control. Users have only a few buttons to learn, and they can easily be distinguished by touch—so it’s easy to use in the dark while you’re watching TV.

It’s also far cheaper to make use of the existing TV screen than to add an expensive display to the remote control. The TV screen is well suited to this. It can display an infinite ...

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