Human centred Design for Graphical User Interfaces, Practical Guidelines

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Klaus Hinum, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Software Technology and Interactive System, Vienna, Austria
Silvia Miksch, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Software Technology and Interactive System, Vienna, Austria
Monika Lanzenberger, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Software Technology and Interactive System, Vienna, Austria

Contact Person  Klaus Hinum
Project 

Good graphical user interface design is not a trivial task. This master thesis provides guidelines to
solve this problem. It will give hints on how to structure each page, what to consider when using
text and graphics, and how to ensure a good usability. Furthermore, icon and menu design are
described in depth. These guidelines can be used for designing or evaluating an interface.
The principles described are generic and applicable to any existing graphical user interface standard.
Finally, the guidelines are used to evaluate four different user interfaces. These analyses show that
good designed interfaces fulfil most of the guidelines. Furthermore, it shows that flaws can be
uncovered and corrected. The fourth analysis demonstrates that the guidelines can also be taken
during the development phase of a user interface.

Downloads  Master Thesis (PDF, 3,42MB)
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