Constellation of Features

Back in June I attended @Media2007 (atMedia2007) I was impressed by a talk given by Jesse James Garratt. He used the interesting phrase, "a constellation of features". What I found doubly interesting with the phrase is the number of interpretations it has depending on who I talk to…
1. Like a star field, here are so many stars that you have trouble singling out anything interesting
2. Like the ‘bigger dipper’, ‘the archer’, etc it is supposed to show or signify something to one person but to others it is impossible (or very hard) to recognise
3. A group of related features

In the talk the phrase was in the context of applications like Word where there are so many things to choose from that the user is simply bewildered and will find it difficult to focus on the task they wish to complete, i.e. (1). But I rather like the other definitions too, especially (3) which conveys the opposite message.

One thought on “Constellation of Features

  1. Matt August 21, 2007 / 4:21 pm

    So maybe he should have used the phrase "a paralysis of features"? 

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