Activity CalculatorInterface Design

 

The second experiment is about serendipity and complexity in interaction. The current electronic interface is based heavily on logical interaction and set UI flows. In Donald Norman's book "Living with Complexity", he addresses the issue in the realm of human-centered design, stating that the designer's focus on simplifying interaction is actually contradictory because complexity is an important element in interaction. "Simplification is as much in the mind as it is in the device." He uses an engineering calculator and musical instruments as examples demonstrating why complexity matters. The simplification is in the mind but a zero learning curve is not the solution. User-centered design usually means fashioning methods to make things easy to use, and bring information to the surface without having users to spend much time in exploration. However, in this design experiment, complexity is intentionally revealed. By removing the graphics on the calculator and rearranging their position, a user starts to experience the complexity in interaction. Moreover, by assigning musical notes to each key, users can transfer any kind of numeral input into melodies. The purpose is to add layers on top of the existing UI structure, therefore generating unexpected results from the user's actions.

 

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GUI/Chiao Wei Ho

Programming/Chiao Wei Ho

 

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