Human Interface, The: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems By Jef Raskin
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The average man suffers very severely from the pain of a new idea.
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One of the most laudatory terms used to describe an interface is to say that it is "intuitive." When examined closely, this concept turns out to vanish like the pea in a shell game and be replaced with the more ordinary but more accurate term "familiar."
Our present systems of navigation, never satisfactory in the first place, are completely inadequate in the face of the terabytes of information we have to scan. But people and animals have been navigating through complex environments for millennia and have some useful techniques for doing so. These abilities, which have evolved over the eons, can be co-opted to our purposes with what can be termed a "zooming interface paradigm."