I’ll admit I’m pretty obsessive about how my phone is set up, and I always try to keep things similar from phone to phone while improving the layout each time. I thought it would be interesting to see how Weinschenk’s principles apply to my phone home screen.
“People Can’t Actually Multitask” is one principle that definitely applies to phones. If I want to look something up quickly I don’t want to be distracted by having to sort through all my apps to find the appropriate one to use, which is why I squeeze everything onto one screen. If I have to open the app drawer there’s a chance I’ll forget about what I was looking for in the first place. I want the experience to be as smooth as possible and have it be an extension of my body rather than having to poke around through the phone to find what I need.
“People Are Driven to Create Categories” is another principle. I avoided using categories for the longest time but now that I do there experience is cleaner. Rather than having separate tiles for the Camera and Snapchat I put them in one category to save space. I use Spotify every day but haven’t moved my entire music library to it, so I put Spotify and Poweramp (for local files) in a category. The category on the bottom right is a miscellaneous category mostly born out of necessity. I spent a lot of time in New York City over the summer which drew me to create this category. It’s really nice to be able to pull open Google Maps quickly and find out the best route to a destination. Chrome is a good way to find proper addresses in the first place, and look for places nearby. I try to use WiFi when I can which is why OpenVPN and Speedtest are also in the category. Public WiFi is generally pretty terrible, and often not trustworthy, hence the VPN. Also a lot of times WiFi will connect but there won’t be any internet connection, hence Speedtest. Speedtest will tell me quickly whether I’m even able to access the Internet, and whether the connection is fast enough to bother using.