Here's a good article that explains why we should avoid overly complex websites.
- Choice seems appealing - at first sight.
- Choice overload generates the wrong results.
- The longer it takes to make a decision, the more likely it is for people to abandon a website and go elsewhere
- Make it as easy as possible for our users.
- Don't give them ALL the choices.
- Filter and focus your content to the most important.
- The Killer Remote (complex structure, architecture)
- Super Sharp Menu (too big menus, too many choices)
- Never Ending List (list without structure, too long lists)
How to use Hick’s Law?
“The time it takes to make a decision increases with the number and complexity of choices” — Hick’s Law
- Categorize choices - Create categories and sub-categories as they are done in the library.
- Obscuring complexity - Break down complex tasks into smaller tasks and put them on different screens.
Okay, don't oversimplify.
How Hick’s Law defeated those villains?
Less choice, better overview, better decision.