FW: analog vs. digital display of time

20 Sep 2005 - 4:50am
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Luis Silva
2005

Hello,

This article has an insight on the subject but applied to aviation design:

http://www.vision.net.au/~apaterson/aviation/aircraft_design.htm#Flight%20In
strument%20Design

According to it pilot prefer analogue indicators than the digital ones, the
reason is that it's easier to observe ranges when dealing with a analogue
display than to observe the digital number and interpret it within a range.

Regards

Luis

> > Hi there,
> >
> > my hypothesis is that an analog display (of time)
> > is more easy to perceive than the digital equivalent
> > using numbers; esp. if the user is fully mentally
> > occupied with another important task.
> >
> > A related example would be the speed display in
> > cars. A needle on the tachometer seems to be the
> > favorite design.
> >
> > Does anyone have data to support my theory -- or the
> > opposite?
> >
> > thanks
> > Matthias
>
> Vänligen Ola
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