RE: The Myth of Seven, Plus or Minus Two

Subject: RE: The Myth of Seven, Plus or Minus Two
From: "Goldstein, Dan" <DGoldstein -at- DeusTech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 09:26:24 -0500

Perhaps people misuse Miller's work because they understand the value of
brevity and seek a scientific basis for that understanding -- an unfortunate
attempt to quantify aesthetics.

Really, all you need is Strunk: "Vigorous writing is concise." Leave Miller

Dan Goldstein

> -----Original Message-----
> From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
> Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 8:53 AM
> Subject: Re: The Myth of Seven, Plus or Minus Two
> Steven Jong <SteveFJong -at- comcast -dot- net> wrote on 12/03/2003 08:03:52 AM:
> > I'm a supporter of the Miller principle across many areas of
> > information design, and I wanted to point out that to me, the cited
> > article was not persuasive. It argued by assertion that
> > Miller's work doesn't apply today, without saying why.
> The problems are that this subject has been beaten to death a
> thousand times... and that Miller himself isn't a
> big supporter of many of the ways that his work was interpreted...
> It's not a question that the research no longer applies. It
> never applied in the
> first place...



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