3.14159, 42, and 7±2

Three Numbers That (Should) Have Nothing To Do With User Interface Design: “Some numbers are famous. For example, pi is known throughout the world. O

Three Numbers That (Should) Have Nothing To Do With User Interface Design: “Some numbers are famous. For example, pi is known throughout the world. Other numbers are famous within particular subcultures. For fans of humorous novelist Douglas Adams, 42 is famous as the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Likewise, within the subculture of user interface designers, the most famous number is Miller’s (1956) magical number 7±2. More than forty years after its initial publication, Miller’s figure is cited in academic literature, at usability-related conferences such as Human Factors and the Web, and more privately, in countless interface design meetings.”


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Date:
November 23, 2016
Author:
XPLANE