One of the exercises I’ve tried over the past few years with new recruits and workshop participants is to take something that seems a over-complicated and see how it could be simplified.
I usually use a DVD remote control because just about everyone has at least one, and because forty buttons seems like a lot when all you want to do is play and pause a movie. It’s an exercise that tells you a lot about the challenges of simplicity – and about your own creativity. Try it now.
Email me your designs and I’ll publish them on this site.
Here’s a list of the buttons on the remote control that came with my DVD player.
- Quick OSD (On-Screen Display menu)
- FL Select (change the display on DVD player)
- Open/Close (Eject DVD)
- Advanced Disc Review (Review playlist)
- AV Enhancer (Adjust audio and video)
- Repeat (Repeat play)
- Multi Re-Master (Improve audio quality)
- Numeric Keypad
- Depth Enhancer (Reduce picture ‘noise’)
- Manual Skip (Skip 30 seconds forward)
- Quick Replay (Skip back a few seconds)
- Skip Forward
- Skip Back
- Slow Forward
- Slow Back
- Direct Navigator/Top Menu (Main menu)
- Play List/Menu (Show a disk menu or play list)
- Functions (Change on screen menu)
- Return (Return to previous menu)
- Up Arrow
- Down Arrow
- Left Arrow
- Right Arrow
- Audio (Change soundtracks)
- Angle/Page (Change angle/advance still pictures)
- Setup (Quick setup menu)
- Play Mode (All/group/random play)
- Play Speed (Changes play speed)
- Group (Selects groups of items to play)