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Title: From icons to interface models: designing hypermedia from the bottom up
Authors: Waterworth, J.A. 
Chignell, M.H.
Zhai, S.M.
Issue Date: Sep-1993
Source: Waterworth, J.A., Chignell, M.H., Zhai, S.M. (1993-09). From icons to interface models: designing hypermedia from the bottom up. International Journal of Man-Machine Studies 39 (3) : 453-472. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We describe a method to derive design models for hypermedia interfaces from the bottom up. Firstly, we compile a list of hypermedia interface features which we classify according to the category of functions they fulfill. We then describe an experiment in which candidate designs for low-level interface features were designed and tested for recognizability. In the experiment, icons for each of 61 hypermedia concepts were generated and then judged. Finally, we outline and illustrate a model induction phase in which low-level features are combined into an overall interface model, via "micro-models" that take account of the types of icons that worked best for each class of interface feature. We suggest that, at least for hypermedia systems, a bottom-up approach to interface design based on the functions of low-level features is preferable to the dominant, top-down approach based around one or more metaphors. © 1993 Academic Press. All rights reserved.
Source Title: International Journal of Man-Machine Studies
ISSN: 00207373
DOI: 10.1006/imms.1993.1068
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