Intuitive Use of User Interfaces: Defining a Vague Concept

  • Anja Naumann
  • Jörn Hurtienne
  • Johann Habakuk Israel
  • Carsten Mohs
  • Martin Christof Kindsmüller
  • Herbert A. Meyer
  • Steffi Hußlein
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4562)


In this paper we present a general definition of the concept ’intuitive use of user interfaces’ on the basis of our current interdisciplinary work. ’Intuitive use’ is regarded as a characteristic of human-machine systems. It refers to a special kind of interaction process between users and technical systems that use the users’ intuition. The main part of the paper deals with central aspects of this definition in detail and discusses pre-conditions and restrictions of the use of the concept. The main aspects that we discuss are the design of technical systems, application and non-conscious use of previous knowledge, intuition as a non-conscious process, interaction, and effectiveness. We complement this discussion by addressing the relationship between aesthetics and intuitive use.


aesthetics effectiveness human-machine interaction intuition knowledge non-conscious usability user interfaces 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anja Naumann
    • 1
  • Jörn Hurtienne
    • 2
  • Johann Habakuk Israel
    • 2
  • Carsten Mohs
    • 2
  • Martin Christof Kindsmüller
    • 3
  • Herbert A. Meyer
    • 4
  • Steffi Hußlein
    • 5
  1. 1.Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, TU Berlin, Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, 10587 BerlinGermany
  2. 2.Center of Human-Machine Systems, TU Berlin, Franklinstr. 28-29, 10587 Berlin 
  3. 3.artop GmbH, HU Berlin, Christburger Str. 4, 10405 BerlinGermany
  4. 4.Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems, University of Lübeck, Ratzeburger Allee 160, 23538 LübeckGermany
  5. 5.Interaction Design Lab, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Pappelallee 8-9, 14406 PotsdamGermany

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