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User-Interface Metaphors

Alex Styl
January 05, 2015

User-Interface Metaphors

Talk I did part of the Research Topics in HCI during my Masters program in the University of Birmingham back in 2014/15

Alex Styl

January 05, 2015
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  1. User-Interface Metaphors
    Alexandros Stylianidis
    Research Topics in HCI

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  2. The age of ubiquitous
    computing

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  3. Metaphors
    • Transfers attributes from source domain to the target
    domain
    • Learning by analogy

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  4. User-Interface Metaphor

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  5. Hard to use
    • Cultural
    • Bad at scaling
    • Can cause confusing
    • Resources go to waste

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  6. Types of Metaphor
    • Structural
    • Orientational
    • Ontological

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  7. Structural Metaphors
    • Existing knowledge of a real life
    object or idea

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  8. Orientational Metaphors
    • Spatial orientation
    • i.e. MORE IS UP, LESS IS
    DOWN or RIGHT IS FORWARD,
    LEFT IS PAST

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  9. Ontological Metaphors
    • Give a system concept or some
    method its own entity

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  10. Affordances and

    Metaphorical Entailment

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  11. Conclusion
    • Great teaching tool
    • Delightful
    • Need extra care on design

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  12. Thank You
    Questions?

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