I don’t know how I missed this before, but I’m glad I ran across it.
If you haven’t seen this very brief clip of Edward Tufte critiquing the iPhone interface, check it out.
A couple of salient quotes:
“The idea is that the content is the interface, the information is the interface, not computer-administrative debris.”
“Here’s the general theory: To clarify, add detail. Imagine that. To clarify, add detail. And … clutter and overload are not an attribute of information, they are failures of design. If the information is in chaos, don’t start throwing out information, instead fix the design.”