Monday, September 19, 2011

Reaction: A Review Of Overview+Detail, Zooming and Focus+Context Interfaces

The paper did a very thorough job of explaining different approaches to interfaces, their advantages and disadvantages. The author provided good real-life examples of each of the four interface approaches, which help the reader corrolate to its arguments much more easily. As it turns out, no one approach stood out to be the best. Rather certain approach fit better than others when it's used for a specific purpose.

I'll be interesting in seeing more of these interface approaches to make it into the apps/OS we use daily. Additionally, if we could investigate whether mixing some of the techniques used by multiple approaches is a good idea and if it produce an interface that contains the best of both worlds.