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CIL2007: Information Design for the New Web

Posted by comartslibrarian on April 16, 2007

A quote from Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Barry Schwarz:

The “fact that some choice is good doesn’t necessarily mean that more choice is better. … There is a cost to having an overload of choice. As a culture, we are enamored of freedom, self-determination, and variety, and we are reluctant to give up any of our options. But clinging tenaciously to all the choices available to us contributes to bad decisions, to anxiety, stress, and dissatisfaction — even to clinical depression.”

I see much the same issue with many websites — including libraries — which put too many links, gizmos and widgits on their websites and search tools. I’m a big fan of the K.I.S.S. principle…

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