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Revisiting Graspable User Interfaces

A Design Process for Developing User Interface Metaphors
  • Mandy Keck
  • Esther Lapczyna
  • Rainer Groh
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8517)

Abstract

The use of metaphors can support the understanding of novel interfaces approaches and increase the ease of use. But the design of novel holistic and adaptable metaphors is still challenging for interface designers. While most literature provides no systematic instruction for metaphor design or recommend to use a repertoire of known metaphors, we present a method that focuses on the generation of new metaphors based on the analysis and abstraction of everyday objects and the separate analysis of the given problem domain. Several methods of the field of human-computer interaction and traditional design support these analyzes. The methods presented in this paper are suitable especially for graspable user interfaces and illustrated by examples from several workshops.

Keywords

Metaphor design Interface design method Rapid prototyping Operation metaphor Graspable User Interfaces 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mandy Keck
    • 1
  • Esther Lapczyna
    • 1
  • Rainer Groh
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair of Media DesignTechnische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany

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