The Staged Information Pattern
Lays out complex sets of information for more bite-size, and customized consumption by the user. The person can proceed through each set of context, and dig into certain areas as needed.
The designer can hide the complexity until it is needed, and prevent the user from feeling overwhelmed.
Type of Design
Good for Contexts like
Understanding the System
Navigating a Process
Engagement in the System
Staging — giving headlines, and a high-level overview — before leading them through one piece at a time, can prevent them from tuning out because of information overload.
How to Make It
Stage Information by using a word processor to divide up your content into clear chunks, and with headlines, breaks, and other marks to make it clear that the user should pay attention to some of the high-level points, and that they can take breaks
You can also make digital versions of staged information by using interface elements like tabs, accordions, multiple page click throughs, or modals.