GIS Application Designers: We Should All ‘KISS’

by | Dec 17, 2009

As GIS application designers and developers we should all heed the advice in the simple figure below.  Resist the temptation to add in that extra widget that is just too cool to leave out!  And I’ll resist the temptation to sharp stick ESRI on this issue!  Tip of the hat to I’d Rather Be Writing.

…..every time you add something to an interface, you should take something away. Keeping the interface simple ensures you aren’t crowding out screen real estate.


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Eric Pimpler
Eric is the founder and owner of GeoSpatial Training Services ( and has over 25 years of experience implementing and teaching GIS solutions using ESRI, Google Earth/Maps, Open Source technology. Currently Eric focuses on ArcGIS scripting with Python, and the development of custom ArcGIS Server web and mobile applications using JavaScript. Eric is the author of Programming ArcGIS with Python Cookbook - 1st and 2nd Edition, Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript, Spatial Analytics with ArcGIS, and ArcGIS Blueprints. Eric has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Texas A&M University and a Master's of Applied Geography degree with a concentration in GIS from Texas State University.

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