Web Design: Make Complex thing Simple

I’m always amazed at you a simple user interface can simplify complex tasks.

Take Windows Explorer where you can drag & drop multiple files from one folder to another.  The user sees which folders the files are going into, it takes a few seconds and boom!  Doing that by command line would be much more abstract, left alone much more verbose.

Well, here’s an interesting article about web design and how the English government manage to migrate 750 web sites into one well designed gateway.

I wish we could have that in Canada.  Last time I did consultancy for the Federal Government of Canada, we were still arguing about a single-sign-on solution adopted by less than %50 of the government sites.  Each department have their own server, often their own Active Directory, that do not see each other.  We are quite at a distance from a one-portal solution!


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