Towards Informed Metaphor Selection for TUIs


In TUI design the selection of metaphors influences user expectations and ease of use. Traditional TUI design processes have not addressed this issue explicitly so far. A reflection of existing approaches for metaphor classification in TUI design helps explaining why TUI metaphors not fitting could mislead users. Based upon these explanations, we gained empirical insight into negative effects caused by selecting metaphors not fitting the situation of use. The paper closes with an outlook on a metaphor-aware TUI specification process founded in both, the conceptual work and the empirical results presented in this paper.

Proceedings of the 3rd ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS 2011)
Stefan Oppl
Stefan Oppl
Professor for Technology Enhanced Learning

My research interests include technology-enhanced learning, socio-technical systems design and HCI