Communicating the need for context and "it depends" (Was: Does eye-tracking carry any real meaning?)
21 Nov 2007 - 5:05pm
8 years ago
Indeed. The difference between the tone of the comments on this list
and those for the original post is astounding. A little knowledge is a
dangerous thing, especially when it is backed by "actionable"
conclusions from a "scientific" study.
It is tempting to dismiss pronouncements like this as clueless. But,
the number of people who are ready to rush off and follow them is
probably much greater than the number of subscribers to this list. :)
So how can we communicate the need to take any given set of "design
guidelines" with a grain of salt and apply them in context to the
On Nov 21, 2007 11:50 AM, Leisa Reichelt <leisa.reichelt at gmail.com> wrote:
> just a little sidenote: > > it is fascinating to read the comments that people have left to the > originally quoted article - lots and lots of incredibly positive and > thankful comments with people talking of going back and redesigning > their sites as a result of this information. > > it says a lot for the great demand out there for someone to make these > grand pronouncements about what works and what doesn't (with or > without context). > > People do love their rules don't they. > > I always find it a constant balancing act to try to give people this > sense of perceived value through pronouncements and actually getting > them to understand the context in which the design decisions are being > made. > ________________________ > Leisa Reichelt > Disambiguity.com > >leisa.reichelt at gmail.com > +44 778 071 2129 > > ________________________________________________________________ > *Come to IxDA Interaction08 | Savannah* > February 8-10, 2008 in Savannah, GA, USA > Register today: http://interaction08.ixda.org/ > > ________________________________________________________________ > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)! > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org > Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe > List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines > List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help >