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Human Interface and the Management of Information. Interacting with Information

Volume 6771 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 40-47

Giving UI Developers the Power of UI Design Patterns

  • Jocelyn RichardAffiliated withLancaster UniversityÉcole Polytechnique de Montréal
  • , Jean-Marc RobertAffiliated withLancaster UniversityÉcole Polytechnique de Montréal
  • , Sébastien MaloAffiliated withLancaster UniversityCAE Montréal, 8585, Chemin de la Cote-de-Liesse
  • , Joël MigneaultAffiliated withLancaster UniversityCAE Montréal, 8585, Chemin de la Cote-de-Liesse

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Abstract

UI developers interested in UI design patterns generally face major problems when trying to use them, because of the complexity of pattern libraries and the lack of supporting tools. As a consequence, UI design patterns are not widely used and this entails an important loss of productivity and quality. In this study, we identified and wrote 30 UI patterns that were made available in a library, and we compared four modes of presentation for them: pattern thumbnails, application types, decision trees, and alphabetical mode. Ten subjects participated in the study. User satisfaction was higher with the three new modes than with the alphabetical mode. Search time was higher with the three new modes than with the alphabetical mode. Although difficult to evaluate, pattern relevance was better with the three new modes. Those findings were turned into recommendations for immediate applications. In the conclusion, we propose some research avenues for the future.

Keywords

user interface design patterns design pattern libraries pattern language user interface design mode of presentation