Discussion topic : Why we should consider simplicity during the design phase.
I came across a posting from Robert Bean’s Healthy Heating site. I took a HRAI course that he taught on Radiant Hydronic when I started thinking about how I’d heat my house. The points he makes are somewhat aimed at hydronics designers but can apply to the whole house as a system too I believe.
It gets to the point I have argued when the discussion was around John Straube’s insulation versus photovoltaics with respect to PassivHaus (Passive House)
This “10 fundamental rules for the age of user experience technology” from Andreas Pfeiffer ended up in our offices a few years back and we have since used it extensively in our presentations to drive home the point of simplicity…
1. More features isn’t better, it’s worse.
2. You can’t make things easier by adding to them.
3. Confusion is the ultimate deal-breaker.
4. Style matters.
5. Only features that provide a good user experience will be used.
6. Features requiring learning will only be adopted by a small fraction of users
7. Unused features are not only useless, they can slow you down and diminish ease of use.
8. Users do not want to think about technology.
9. Forget about the killer feature.
10. Less is difficult, that’s why less is more.
3. There is a somewhat parallel relationship between distributions ability to stock replacement parts for complex systems (decreasing) and service contractors ability to respond to complex problems (decreasing).
4. Reduced cognitive abilities, loss of manual dexterity and visual acuity are often associated later on with those who can afford “state of the art” today, but won’t be able to manage the “art” as a result of their physical and psychological state in the future – see item 1 re: availability of skilled labor.
5. It is unreasonable to expect the non technical person to compensate for products and systems which are either bad by design or manufacturing defects and/or beyond the managing capacities’ of the user.
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