“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

Progressive Disclosure (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox)

It is rare that I post a reference to Jakob Nielsen, but this latest Alert Box is worth a read. Nothing “new”, but brought all together nicely.

To put it simply, “Progressive Disclosure” is just a design pattern of deciding what needs to be in the primary context of use, and what is secondary or even tertiary and can be disclosed within the same context but only on request explicitly or based on a change in the variables in that context do to adjacent related interactions.

This is one of the main reasons that RIAs are so powerful. They help designers balance power and ease by allowing the designer to prioritize important bits of information to a context based on use.

A good read.

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