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The more you can do to simplify the interface of your application for your users, the more likely it is that you will build a product that meets their needs and is enjoyable to use. The more complex your application’s task, the more important it is to keep the user interface simple and focused. Be sure your design reflects the user’s mental model (see “Reflect the User’s Mental Model” (page 32) for more information on this concept). In addition to creating a streamlined design, you can also manage complexity in the following ways: ■ Progressive disclosure presents the most common choices to the user first and provides an option that allows the user to view additional information and choices.

All Rights Reserved. C H A P T E R 2 Human Interface Design To help convey the perception of stability, preserve user-modifiable settings such as window dimensions and locations. When a user sets up his or her onscreen environment to have a certain layout, the settings should stay that way until the user changes them. Providing status and feedback also contributes to perceived stability by letting users know that the application is performing the specified task. Aesthetic Integrity Aesthetic integrity means that information is well organized and consistent with principles of good visual design.

According to this principle, an onscreen object should remain visible while a user performs an action on it, and the impact of the action should be immediately visible. For example, with a drag-and-drop operation (the most common example of direct manipulation) users can move a file by dragging its icon from one location to another, or drag selected text directly into another document. Other examples of direct manipulation are the resizing of a graphic object in a drawing application and the positioning of an object or camera view in a three-dimensional scene.

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