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Chapter 9. DVD Menu Usability: Guidelines for good menu design

Usability refers to how easy it is for a user to interact with a system, and use it to complete a task, such as exploring a DVD's content effortlessly. Put another way, is the DVD simple explore? Users will likely judge your DVD menu designs more on usability than visual creativity and originality. No one cares how cool-looking the menu is if he can't find what he's looking for immediately.

Usability issues differ somewhat depending on the task being evaluated: navigating a DVD, a web site, a computer system, or a VCR, for example. But the basic concepts are universal: simplicity, effiiciency, consistency, effectiveness, and user satisfaction. These basic concepts may seem like ordinary common sense, but designers sometimes ignore common sense and go for the thrill of designing menus that are stunningly beautiful, original, and not as usable as they should be. Not to worry. It is possible to do both.


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