The A List Apart Blog Presents:

Progressive Reduction: Modify Your UI Over Time

Article Continues Below

The idea behind Progressive Reduction is simple: Usability is a moving target. A user’s understanding of your application improves over time and your application’s interface should adapt to your user.

So begins one of the briefest yet most fully packed little articles I have encountered in a good while. If you’re familiar with concepts like “progressive disclosure” in web and mobile application design, Progressive Reduction will feel comfortably familiar. Yet it is also new, in that smack-yourself-in-the-forehead way great ideas have of making you wonder why you didn’t think of them yourself.

Even if you are already practicing some of these ideas in your design work, you may not have articulated them or put them together quite the way these folks have. The notion of “Experience Decay” alone is worth the price of admission.

layervault.tumblr.com/post/42361566927/progressive-reduction

5 Reader Comments

Got something to say?

We have turned off comments, but you can see what folks had to say before we did so.

More from ALA

Designing for the Unexpected

As devices continue to diversify in dizzying ways, how can we make sure our work on the web stays as relevant as ever for the long haul? Cathy Dutton shares how practitioners must perfect designs both for the paradigms of the present and the twists of the future, come what may.
Design

Asynchronous Design Critique: Getting Feedback

Receiving feedback can be a stressful experience: will an open-ended question attract helpful guidance or harsh criticism? Erin “Folletto“ Casali coaches us through a process to ensure that feedback always lands gracefully.
Design

Asynchronous Design Critique: Giving Feedback

You’ve heard the term “constructive criticism” countless times but do you know how to deliver it? Part one of this series from Erin ‘Folletto’ Casali gives you a framework for it! Flex your feedback muscles and practice these skills to empower and inspire others without deflating or confusing them.
Design

That’s Not My Burnout

If, like many folks during the pandemic, you’ve begun confusing burnout for achievement, Donna Bungard will show you how to recognize that you’re low on fuel and give you a map of rest stops where you can refill your tank.
Career