8. Aesthetic and Minimalist Design
Interfaces should not contain information that is irrelevant or rarely needed. Every extra unit of information in an interface competes with the relevant units of information and diminishes their relative visibility.
Where do I begin? MINI and icon in car absolutely KILLED the redesign here. The Mini’s all-black interior and exterior design add some serious edge to this otherwise toy-car image.
Oh, did I mention the dash has an underglow?
My favorite thing with this car is how exceptionally it uses color to communicate a whole onslaught of information…speed, RPM, temperature, volume, etc…all just on the colored ring that borders the 8-inch screen. To use something as simple as color to communicate so many things really hits the nail on the head in the aesthetic department, but in such a brilliant way to maximize the space.
9. Help Users Recognize, Diagnose, and Recover from Errors
Error messages should be expressed in plain language (no error codes), precisely indicate the problem, and constructively suggest a solution.
Eh, I’m ambivalent here. On one hand, there are certain aspects where the car really shines with this. PSI, Engine oil level and temp, and a few other mechanical bits and pieces are all communicated through the display with numerical levels and color indicators to alert the user whether or not this number is good or bad.
On the other hand, there’s the whole “I’m not really sure if I should change lanes now or not” thing I mentioned with #5…
All the detailed answers are provided in the digital Owner’s Manual (see #10), but when it comes to on-the-spot error prevention, I’d like to see some added text as a caption to accompany all these sounds and icons.