Monday, March 10, 2008

Tabs

In John Maeda's book, The Laws of Simplicity, he suggests using the tab key as a simple way to organize information. So when I was recently trying to think of a good acronym, I decided to organize all the brainstormed words into tabs, rather than a list. The tabs gave each word space to stand out individually, but also allowed me to read the words sequentially, drawing associations, which is harder with a list. And it worked--I came up with a workable acronym, at least in part due to the organizational structure of the tab. Try it for yourself.