CSE 171, Spring 2006
User-Interface Design: Social and Technical Issues
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- Exercises 16 and 17 from chapter 1 (page 14).
- Exercises 17 and 18 from chapter 3 (on page 56).
- Exercise 13 from chapter 5 (on page 99).
- Make as many suggestions as you can for improving the Wireless Questionnaire, using material in the papers Communication and Collaboration from a CSCW Perspective and Techniques for Requirements Elicitation.
- Exercises 4 and 9 from chapter 4 (on pages 71--76).
- Give an example of a representamen with two different objects (depending perhaps on context), making sure to specify the concrete form of the representamen. What can you say about the interpretant in each case? There are many possibilities; prefer the commonplace to the unusual.
- Which design considerations discussed in Chapter 6 arise in interfaces other than Web sites, such as in games, productivity applications, or cellular phones? Give concrete examples.
- Using appropriate terminology from algebraic semiotics, explain at least 2 ways in which color choices (as discussed in Chapter 9) can affect the quality of the semiotic morphism implicit in a design.
- In designing applications accessible to the blind, which aspects of Direct Manipulation Interfaces are most applicable, and which are more difficult to apply? Explain why.
- Exercise 4 from chapter 8 (on page 148).
- Generally in a debate the winner is the side that does the better job establishing a position and refuting the other side. If you were asked to judge the exchange in Direct Manipulation vs. Interface Agents as a debate, who would you declare the winner, and why? What were the most important points made, and which points (if any) were effectively refuted?
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