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Being at one with the tool: applying flow to usability
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Interaction and System Design.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Interaction and System Design.
2005 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Communication between people has become more and more important in society today and so has the way to communicate. Our work, which this master thesis is based upon, has been to evaluate and redesign an existing web application that works like a communication tool. To carry out this work we have compiled two questions; how to facilitate the interaction for an application that is used as a tool, focusing on interface design, usability and flow; how can the usability be improved in a system, with help of flow theory. To deal with these two questions we have used a number of methods that have had different kinds of influence of our work. The one that has had the greatest impact of the work with the evaluation has been cognitive walkthrough. For the design we have used literature studies along with the result of the evaluation. A problem during our work has been that the user has not been specified the design should work at a generic group of users. The problem has not been to define the target group rather to suit the interface to everybody. This has been the challenge of this semester and we found designing an interface infusing usability with help from flow as interesting.

Abstract [sv]

Kommunikation mellan människor liksom sättet att kommunicera har blivit allt viktigare i samhället idag. Vårt arbete, som magisterarbetet bygger på, har varit att utvärdera och omdesigna en existerande webbapplikation som fungerar som ett kommunikationsverktyg. För att genomföra arbetet har vi utarbetat två frågor; hur förenklas interaktion för en applikation som används som ett verktyg, med fokus på gränssnittsdesign, användbarhet och flow; hur kan användbarheten öka i ett system, med hjälp av flow teorin. För att kunna ta itu med dessa frågor har vi använt ett antal metoder som har påverkat vårt arbete på olika sätt. Den för arbetet med utvärderingen mest betydelsefulla har varit kognitiv genomgång. För designen har vi använt oss av literaturstudier tillsammans med resultatet från utvärderingen. Ett problem under vårt arbete har varit att användarna inte har varit specificerade utan designen bör fungera på en allmän grupp användare. Problemet har inte varit att definiera målgruppen utan snarare att anpassa gränssnittet till alla. Detta har varit en av utmaningarna under denna termin och vi tycker en annan intressant utmaning har varit att designa ett gränssnitt genom att ingjuta användbarhet med hjälp från flow.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
interaction design, interface design, usability, flow, web application, mobile communication
National Category
Computer Science Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-1616Local ID: diva2:828861
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2015-05-18 Created: 2005-07-01 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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