of assignment (PDF, 16K)
N.B. the end of the second page says 'see lecture slides' for an example
of navigation diagrams etc. - this refers to 'the big picture - navigation
and dialogue' - (HTML or
PPT (97K)), not the more detailed
HTA and STN diagrams.
In all cases electronic copy to me plus paper copy to Trish in CS
(for MSc) or Claire is Psych (for MRes).
- first part (group report) due Monday week 6
- second part (group report) due Monday week 8
- the individual critique due Friday week 10
- previous years'
MSc exams (N.B. no exam this year)
exam paper (PDF, 125K), sample
answers (PDF, 137K)
exam paper (PDF, 158K),
these as exercises
- general resources
the search engine
for my HCI book
there are also chapter-by-chapter
links (not as extensive as I would like)
and also a page of links to other
HCI resource sites
and you can look at previous year's courses for 2000/2001
- mini case studies...
I talk through an example in class and it doesn't appear here, please
tell me and I'll get it written up!
Excel mode error and analysis
highlighting hidden modes and closure
HCI book search a case
study of designing user value
little things the evolution
of the scroll bar.see also related articles:
Across the Screen - why scrollbars are on the right and other
Scrollbar in the Xerox Star Xplained
for introduction (PPT, 128K) and
basic UI design (PPT,120K)
in HCI book most relevant overview chapters are 1 to 4
also see my short tutorial article
for Assembly Automation
the term "form (ever) follows function" was coined by Louis
Sullivan and was one of the drivers behind the work of his student
Frank Lloyd Wright
the Electrolux Screenfridge
an example of an internet appliance
power plant scenario in 2001/2
documentation for onCue - uses rich scenario
- task analysis
on Hierarchcial Task Analysis (HTA)
see chapter 7 of HCI book and HTA chapter in 'Perspectives'
selected slides from chapter 7
exercise 3 (mobile phone HTA) from 2000/1
selected slides from Tamodia
2002 talk (PPT, 86K)
also see the associated Tamodia 2002 invited
- dialogue notations
on State Transition Networks (STN)
see chapter 8 of HCI book
selected slides from chapter 8
(PDF, 377K) [including the missing pages!]
calculator STN exercise (PDF,
385K) including my potential (partial) solutions
also look at question 4 parts i & ii (mobile phone HTA) in 2000/1
and question 3 parts iii & iv (power plant) in 2001/2
- state modelling
chapter 9 of HCI book
also for this and dialogue modelling see my chapter "upside
down As and algorithms" in Carroll's theory book
slides on modelling state
worked calculator state exercise
see also my pages on formal
methods in HCI
- UI architectures
chapter 10 of HCI
slides on User Interface Architectures
(PPT, 64K) for Seeheim, MVC etc.
- web architectures
see my Interfaces tutorial article on the Active
and slides on web architecture (PPT,
examples included dancing
histograms (also described in a paper 'starting
simple' given at AVI'98)
Alan's square and Query-by-Browsing
about colour (PPT, 47K)
lots about colour theory at www.colormatters.com
- 3D vision
bit about this in HCI chapter 1, but previously I've found the slides
are fairly self-explanatory
slides in HTML,
(156K) or PDF (47K)
is vision merely common sense?
vision merely common sense?
- designing experience
a little about marketing and that what you say about artefacts changes
them as products
see more about this in my interfaces article artefact
+ marketing = product
the story of the design of the virtual crackers experience is told
in two places: a short account in "absolutely
crackers" at computers and fun 2001 and a longer chapter
experience" in the Funology book
crackers" page also has some links to related topics
the name of the 'flow' guy is Csikszentmihalyi
- alternative media
chapter 15 from HCI boob and slides on media
for more on network media issues such as jitter and buffering see
my chapter in the Handbook of HCI
you can read online abstract
including live references and draft
chapter (PPT, 375K)
- birds eye view
at the table of contents of Handbook
for Human-Computer Interaction this gives a third-party view of
the field (not just mine!) but it does seem to miss out nearly everything
of the actual implementation stage
the table of
contents of my HCI book (and the book itself) structures the field
a little differently and does include the above, perhaps a more techie/modelling
focus to HCI.
Interaction second edition. A. Dix, J. Finlay, G. Abowd and R. Beale.
Prentice Hall, 1998.
course text. Referred to simply as 'HCI' above. Book website at www.hcibook.com
includes some web links and also a full on-line search facility for
not to be confused with ...
Interaction. J. Preece, Y. Rogers, Helen Sharp, D. Benyon, Simon Holland and T. Carey. Addison Wesley, 1994.
Prentice Hall, 1998.
- Our arch rival ... but very good despite that - darn!
Interviews are really fun. Harder to find things than in our book, but with more in-depth discursive treatment of some topics.
Lots more piccies than we have as well.
Interaction Design, Preece et al. Wiley, 2002
OU had the copyright to the original Preece, but they had all left by
the time a seciond edition was due. The author team weren't allowed
to compete, so they produced a slightly different kind of book!
Human-Computer Interaction Handbook, J. Jacko and A. Sears. Lawrence Erlbaum, 2003.
- Enormous tome.
Chapters by experts in all sorts fo areas of HCI but laregly missing
out more implementation focused areas.
book web site>
Perspectives on HCI, A. Monk and N.Gilbert, Academic Press, 1995
Chapters by indivual experts, writing aimed at a mixed audience.
Includes chapters on formal methods (me!), task analysis, cognitive modelling etc.
due out by next spring …
HCI Models, Theories, and Frameworks: Toward an Interdisciplinary Science. J. Carroll. Morgan Kaufmann.
by experts in different theoretical areas contributing to HCI
Funology: From Usability to Enjoyment. M. Blythe, A. Monk and P. Wright. Kluwer, 2003.
interfaces that not only do work but make you feel good!