Easy Access

By mOrPhie on Tuesday 5 October 2010 10:09 - Comments (6)
Categories: software engineering, techrelated, Views: 4.247

iOS 4, iPhone's OS, added the feature to put applications in a folder. After I upgraded, I immediately began organizing my apps. One of the folders I created was the "often used" folder. After two days of use I realized that this wasn't such a great choice, because now I had to open up the folder before I was able to start the app. Right next to the folder are some apps that I don't use at all. I didn’t bother putting them in a folder. But now I know: that should have been the other way around.

As a software developer, let's learn from this. There are two lessons:

1) Often used functionality should be easy to access. Rarely used functionality doesn't have to be easily accessed so it can make room for often used functionality.
2) Users can make up their mind, because they started to use the product.

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Comments


By Tweakers user Soldaatje, Tuesday 5 October 2010 10:14

Sounds like breaking an open door.

By Tweakers user RoadRunner84, Tuesday 5 October 2010 10:17

Might be stating the obvious, yet very often usability is way underrated by developers. It's a great thing that you now put more focus on easy accessibility of frequently used items. More than once I've seen websites with an overly complex menu structure and no clear separation between items, while lacking any "quickaccess" features (like overdatum.nl)

By Tweakers user chucky, Tuesday 5 October 2010 10:29

That doesn't take away the fact that this is an open door, and one of the principles of usability :p You should know this before you even start to create a user interface.

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By Tweakers user wheez50, Tuesday 5 October 2010 10:45

Reminds me of my same error. Only think that made me bitter is that it's like 4 years ago. On a symbian phone...

By Tweakers user mOrPhie, Tuesday 5 October 2010 11:14

I myself aggree with Soldaatje en Chucky that this is low hanging fruit, but that's why this blogpost is so small. ;) The reason of posting it is because 1) developers still seem to make this mistake so they need to be reminded and 2) a new breed of developers visits tweakers.net and need to learn these principles too. :)

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