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Comments on: Mapping my iPhone space http://designnotes.info/?p=1815 Testing & Sprinting Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 By: Michael Mulvey http://designnotes.info/?p=1815&cpage=1#comment-99443 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 19:45:58 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1815#comment-99443 Nice post Michael. I did a similar (but less thorough) post last July on the subject. This time, I decided to respond directly to your post, and include some visuals: http://blog.thecombustionchamber.com/2009/07/hi

keep up the great work on DesignNotes.

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By: Francisco* http://designnotes.info/?p=1815&cpage=1#comment-99444 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 17:49:29 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1815#comment-99444 Hi Michael, My first screen is organized as ergonomically as I can put it – similar to yours. The other screens are kind of organized, but now, with Spotlight I don't feel the need to organize them.
As for the warnings, if you notice the left corner is taken by the little “X” so… the warning is therefore on the right. I guess the “X” was the first element and the warnings came second. I'll call Steve and let you know…

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By: Justin Pocta http://designnotes.info/?p=1815&cpage=1#comment-99445 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 23:08:23 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1815#comment-99445 Interesting. I like the way you've charted your reasoning. I probably reorganize my app icons about once a day based on these ideas. I do cluster as well, making note-apps, to-do/event apps, comm. apps near one another.

Placement wise, I tend to disregard the upper-left side since I use my right thumb most, particularly when on-the-go/driving. Interesting to see that you have that whole left side as popular. I wonder how much one's lifestyle, left/right handedness, and transportation affects the setup.

I think about this type of thing but tend to leave it in my head…makes me want to visualize all sorts of my own personal data, which I am collecting all the time anyway.

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By: mikedmouse http://designnotes.info/?p=1815&cpage=1#comment-99446 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 20:41:29 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1815#comment-99446 From what you wrote, it sounds like your app organization has organically evolved to be what you've described. Now that you've discovered this, any plans to reorganize? Put another way, are you sticking with evolution/natural selection, or getting ready to play god? 😉

At some point I became aware of how my apps were self-organizing, and decided to try to stick to a few principles in actively organizing them — and reached a similar result to you. My loose rules:

— Move unused stuff far away from the “home.” You've apparently also done that, since many of the stock iPhone apps that can't be removed aren't in your screenshots.

— Limit redundancy. I've removed the Phone app from the dock and put it with my other unused apps. A double-click on the home button, which is extremely easy to find (even without looking) will call up my phone favorites, which *is* the phone app, and displays missed calls, voicemails, etc at the bottom of the screen. With the addition of voice dialing on the 3GS. There's *really* no need for a phone app icon anymore, and it frees up a valuable dock space (I have my Twitter app there).

— Value the corners, probably because they're easiest to hit. My corners on my home screen are Calendar, Maps, Camera, and Skype. I wish there were a way to leave holes in the grid — the only way to have an app in the bottom right corner is to have the page full.

— Other than the first page, I try to group my apps by when I use them. Travel, photos, and nearly a page of music-related apps.

I'm really interested in how systems like this sort of set themselves up, and often wonder whether consciously tweaking them actually adds anything.

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