Selecting a Topic.
Added on - 20 Sep 2019
Selecting a TopicQ: Can I do a website/ a desktop application/context-aware mobile device/embedded system?Yes. This module is about human-computer interaction, however, not product design, so theinteraction should, on balance, require the exchange of information , rather than physical work.Evaluation of mobile usage is discouraged, as recording interaction from a mobile device poses toomany technical challenges (as I write) .Q: Can I do a learning exercise/multimedia ?No. This module is primarily about human-computer interaction – the design of navigation aroundcontent, the structuring and presentation of content. The content itself should be a secondaryconcern. Interactive learning systems are OK, and web pages with adverts on them are, seeking andinteracting with information is ok ... ensure the balance is towards ease of use, not primarilypedagogy, or marketing.Q: I can’t decide what to doJust start: It is often difficult, if not impossible, to tell what kind of usability problems you mightencounter, how difficult to domain is to learn about etc. without investigating. You can’t judge abook by its cover, so investigate one or two possibilities before making a decision. Project scopingis a skill to learn like analysing or evaluating. Try some usability inspection technique – heuristicevaluation, cognitive walkthrough, styleguide compliance assessmentStart with an interesting question:For example:www. Streetcar.co.uk somehow persuades people to give up their personal cars (to whichthey are allegedly irrationally wedded) to use a car club instead. How is that possible?http://www.beatlab.comkept my 11yr old occupied for hours. How is this site soimmediately engaging?Look at reviews of cool softwarewww.wired.com/reviews/category/software-and-appsGet inspiration from your friends