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Title: The impact of the manipulation of visual cues on icon usability on the interface
Author: Richards, D.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2004
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The visual interface presents the user with the opportunity to process and it makes sense of information. One of the most common and efficient forms of interacting with such a system is through direct dialogue with the icons presented on the interface. Although the advantages of these icons have received little attention in the past, recent studies are now beginning to assess the importance placed on the visual and cognitive properties they possess. The experiments outlined in this research examined the effect which a variety of visual cues could enhance users understanding and learning of icons. Of particular interest was the role which category cluster of icons could be identified visually for the user to help them learn the meaning of icon sets. Each experiment examined the role of a specific cue (or combination off cues). These studies revealed the importance of the visual attributes on the interface in providing implicit category cues to allow the user to learn the interface more easily and enhance usability. These findings are discussed in the terms of the users’ mental models of the interface.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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