Good morning dedicated reader.
I happened across this great article on the ingenious design of the iPhone by the inimitable Edward Tufte. There’s a great little video there in which he lays out his ideas in an interesting and engaging way and some examples of interfaces he has created that are similar.
A bunch of concepts in there really turned me on: content is the interface, information is the interface, that sometimes to clarify we need to add detail, and he ends with The Big Watusi:
Clutter and overload are not attributes of information, they are failures of design. If the information is in chaos, don’t start throwing out information, instead fix the design. And that is exactly what the iPhone platform has done.
E.T. can be difficult to read, but listening to him speak is a revelation. I think reading his words will be a bit easier now. Anyway there’s an RSS feed for his “Ask E.T” section and I have to say there’s some pretty darned good data in there.
That’s it for today, so far.