Which way is the gate?
picture shows an airport concourse in San Jose.
Notice how the gates are numbered. The gates go
from C6 to C2. The gate numbers actually increase
down the left side and decrease down the right side.
As a result, it is difficult to figure out which
way to walk to get to your gate since no matter
which way you walk the gate numbers both get
larger on one side and smaller on the other.
contrast, this picture shows an airport concourse
in Phoenix. The gates go from A8 to A7. If you
walk down the concourse in one direction, the numbers
get larger, and in the other direction they get
smaller. This makes it a lot easier to figure out
which way to walk to get to your gate.
you organize something, try to give it the simplest
organizational principle that will suffice.
Try to take the point of view of a person trying
to discover that organizational principle.
Michael J. Darnell 1996-2010. All rights reserved.