This is an absolutely phenomenal 'explorable explanation'. It methodically layers concepts to foster understanding, deploys interactivity to build intuition, and on top of all that provides crisp, clear narrative on top of all of the amazing visualizations.
We discussed this at my previous company almost every day. Our users were experts, they wanted more information on the screen at once, and they were OK with a slight learning curve if it meant higher productivity long term.
"It’s tempting to rely on menu controls in order to simplify mobile interface designs —especially on small screens. But hiding critical parts of an application behind these kinds of menus could negatively impact usage."
This is monumental. It's telling that "fixtures like Briefings, 'The Daily' podcast, [realtime] weather and stocks are available at the top of the page." If they weren't already, the Times is now firmly a digital-first paper.
I love my (many) Apple products, but Richardson’s spot on in describing their design as “ponderously serious.” Gorgeous objects, but ultra minimalist and restrained. Google’s doing great, humanist industrial design. Mi piace.
"There is a false dichotomy at work in modern app design: the drive is for apps to be so simple you can use them as soon as you’ve tapped the app icon, but this is taken to mean that there doesn’t need to be anything more to do in the app than what you can see when you have tapped the app icon." Yes, yes, yes.
Really interesting new UI technique from Microsoft. Tabs from multiple apps sharing the same window. This is a baby step — 'sets' should get you some additional benefit other than creating simple groupings.
Beautiful, effective visualization from NYT that kindles your intuition and simplifies a pretty complex series of data. (Also one of the rare cases in which scroll-jacking works — in part because it's executed flawlessly.)