Developing Iconographic Driven Applications for Nonverbal Communication: A Roadside Assistance App for the Deaf

  • Hugo Paredes
  • Benjamim Fonseca
  • João Barroso
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8515)


Touchscreens allow interaction with icons and buttons for executing applications or selecting information. This can be used for non-verbal communication, enabling the deaf to communicate without the need for sign language translation and with a richer context than just using text. This paper explores the development process of iconographic driven applications for nonverbal communication following a user centered design approach. MyCarMobile, a mobile application intended to facilitate the communication of the deaf with roadside assistance services, is introduced as a case study. The application follows the iconographic driven interaction model allowing users to describe an occurrence, through the interaction with icons and buttons in a touchscreen device. Based on the implementation of the case study application and previous work a set of guidelines for implementing iconographic driven applications is proposed.


deaf mobile application roadside assistance iconographic interface nonverbal communication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugo Paredes
    • 1
    • 2
  • Benjamim Fonseca
    • 1
    • 2
  • João Barroso
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.INESC Technology and Science – INESC TECPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro – UTADVila RealPortugal

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