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Should we always simplify user interface?

Tue 8 Mar 2005, 09:54 AM

by Ben Langhinrichs
Kathy Sierra had an interesting post today, but for once I was more interested in a link she pointed out, to a weblog article entitled Doing the Leonardo, by an author, Dave Rogers, who I have not read before.  In this article, Dave quotes Milton Glazer on Leonardo da Vinci's use of ambiguity in the Last Supper:
DaVinci clearly believed that ambiguity was a way of arriving at the truth. As a result, the painting moves us in a deeper and more profound way than any direct statement.
Dave goes on to draw interesting parallels to how designers lead users through a web site or user interface, and whether we might want to leave a bit more ambiguity and challenge in our designs.  Interesting reading, both on Kathy's site and on Dave's.

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