[Design] Out of sight, out of mind
mimi at osafoundation.org
Wed Nov 30 16:25:24 PST 2005
More interesting tidbits from the article Brendan posted to the list
a long time ago entitled: Meet the Life Hackers. Pages 3 and 4 talk
about research from Microsoft show how lots of screen real estate (as
in 3 screens-worth) increases productivity because it allows you to
switch between tasks mid-stream (which we all do) without losing
context and without "forgetting" about what we were doing...out of
sight out of mind.
Of course, the root of the problem is that our data is all over the
place in 3-12 different apps, all of which require multiple document
windows and various summary windows.
[[Many people solve this problem by keeping everything in a single
text file or in email, even calendar events. Of course, if you don't
have a PDA or don't like to use one, the only real solution is to
keep it all in your head, extremely portable and rarely loses all of
your data, except in the case of extreme concussions.]]
So the distinction between "What I AM working on right now" versus
"What I'm NOT working on right now" is more important than "What
application am I using" or "What file format is this in?".
Does the "NOW" area in the Dashboard view? Does a way of collecting
and maintaining all the things you don't want to lose track of in the
next 15 minutes, hour or day (depending on how overloaded you are)
provide a cheap(er) solution than having 3 screens?
Or is a graphical representation (a la OS X expose) of all of your
"open" items really necessary to take advantage of the benefits
described in the research? What would a graphical Dashboard view look
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