Human-Computer Interaction 3e Dix, Finlay, Abowd, Beale

exercises  -  5. interaction design basics

EXERCISE 5.1

Use a pocket alarm clock or wristwatch to set yourself alarms every 15 minutes one working day. Write down exactly what you are doing. How surprising is it?

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EXERCISE 5.2

The exercises 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5 are based around a nuclear reactor scenario on the web at: www.hcibook.com/e3/scenario/nuclear You will need to read the scenario in order to answer these exercises.

Comment on the user of colour in the Alarm Control, Emergency Shutdown and Emergency Confirm panels (figure CS.2)

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EXERCISE 5.3

Comment on the use of layout and other elements in the control panels (figures CS.1, CS.2 and CS.3), including the way in which various visual elements support or hinder logical grouping and sequence.

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EXERCISE 5.4

Working through the accident scenario explain why the various problems arise.

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EXERCISE 5.5

Suggest potential ways of improving the interface to avoid a similar problem recurring.

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Individual exercises

ex.5.1 (tut), ex.5.2 (tut), ex.5.3 (tut), ex.5.4 (tut), ex.5.5 (tut)

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