Why Less Is More

Today, on the last day of the UI11 Conference, we have seen a terrific keynote by Barry Schwartz, Professor of Social Theory and Social Action and author of the book ‘The Paradox of Choice – Why Less Is More’. It is by far the most usable keynote in my experience. Here is a selection of my notes.

We have always assumed that more freedom means more welfare. And we consider the ability make our own choices a key factor of freedom. So, more choice means more welfare. Or at least, this is how we think the world works. The business world has been acting upon this for many years and the public sector has been into this as well. Just look at the choices in the supermarket (cookies, desserts, toothpaste etc.).

Choice is good. But the problem is that we think that is only good. There is more choice than we need. There are three effects of having too much choice: Verder lezen

Cheers from Boston

Tomorrow, the User Interface 11 Conference kicks off. I have already checked in and strolled through Boston, where I enjoyed my lunch in the one and only Cheers pub.

During the next days, I’ll do my best to share my experiences from the conference. I had already put together my personal conference program and I’m still planning to stick to it.


Visio template and stencil for designing SharePoint 2003 portals and sites (update)

Last January I put up a beta of my Visio template for SharePoint 2003 solutions (including a webparts stencil library) for everyone to use freely. Today I post the final version of this Visio template.

Changes in this version:

  • The drawing scale corresponds better with a 1024×768 resolution than the beta version. All webpart and font sizes have been updated as well.
  • Each page has metadata directly below the wireframe: Page title (tab name), application name and version (both from document properties).

UPDATE (Oct. 2008): I also have a Visio template and stencil for SharePoint (MOSS) 2007.

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