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Chapter 3. The Web Environment > Simple versus Enriched Site Environments

Simple versus Enriched Site Environments

In using physical-world environments to model the design of Web sites, we must decide to what extent the environment should be mirrored. On a scale of simple to enriched design, we need to set the appropriate level of enrichment.

There are those who have the opinion that the simpler the site design in mirroring the environment, the more usable the site (Nielsen, 2000). The notion that simple is better is probably an overgeneralization that is not supported by solid empirical evidence and does not necessarily apply equally for all Web usage. The purpose of the site and the goals of the users play decisive roles in whether a simple or enriched site is more usable. If efficiency is our usability goal, then simplicity is important in Web site design. If, on the other hand, a site is satisfying and usable if it provides an enriched experience, then simplicity may not be the only or main consideration for designers. It may be that “experiencing” an environment, enriched with detail, is as important to the user as performing the task efficiently.


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