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A method and advisor tool for multimedia user interface design



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ARTICLE IN PRESS Int J Human Computer Studies 64 2006 375 392 www elsevier com locate ijhcs A method and advisor tool for multimedia user interface design Alistair G Sutcliffe Sri Kurniawan Jae Eun Shin Centre for HCI Design School of Informatics University of Manchester PO Box 88 Manchester M60 1QD UK Received 19 January 2005 received in revised form 24 August 2005 accepted 28 August 2005 Available online 12 October 2005 Communicated by A Cockburn Abstract This paper describes a multimedia user interface design method and a design assistant tool which supports the method The method covers speci cation of user requirements and information architecture selection of appropriate media to represent the information content design for directing attention to important information and interaction design to enhance user engagement Guidelines for media selection and design for attractiveness i e usability and user experience are given The method was evaluated in a case study design of a crowd control simulation training system which demonstrated the method was usable and gave good solutions against an expert gold standard design The tool provides advice on media selection and attention effects that match speci cation of the information content expressed as information types and communication goals A usability evaluation was carried out to measure the usefulness and effectiveness of the tool in comparison to the method and the results showed that the tool has a positive impact on multimedia design r 2005 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved Keywords Multimedia Design method Guidelines Advisor tool Aesthetics 1 Introduction Nielsen 2000 noted that multimedia provides more design options but also requires design discipline He argued that ad hoc use of multimedia confuses users and makes it harder for them to understand information For instance unnecessary use of animation or video clips can distract users attention so the users may not be able to nd the important information Design



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